Fixed Braces

Fixed Braces

These consist of brackets and tubes temporarily bonded onto each tooth. Each tooth is linked by a flexible wire, which is held in place by small elastic rings. These come in various colours. The wires exert gentle pressure to move each tooth into a new position.

NHS or private fixed braces

Fixed braces can be part of an NHS treatment programme (if you are eligible, see NHS Treatment page) or used for Private treatment. If you opt for private fixed braces you have more options and can even choose clear or tooth-coloured brackets to make the brace less visible.


The teeth are first polished, dried and then primed. The brackets are bonded using dental resin and set in place with a blue light. The procedure usually takes no more than half an hour and is completely pain free.


Later that night and for the next three to five days, the teeth are likely to be sore. We usually recommend mild painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, if it is safe to do so.

Adjustment visits

Adjustment visits are usually scheduled six to 10 weeks apart, depending on what is being done. At each adjust visit, the brace may be tightened or progress monitored.


Occasionally the wire or brackets rub the inside of the cheeks and can cause ulceration. We can provide a soft vegetable wax, which you can soften and place over the sharp part of the brace. The cheeks usually get used to the brace and the irritation will settle within 5 to 10 days. If not, please let us know and we may arrange an emergency visit to see if we can do anything to help.