How are braces fitted?
- A removable brace
consists of a plastic base and custom-made metal wire components. Some
of these wires are designed to keep the brace secured to the teeth.
- It simply clips onto the
teeth, and can be easily fitted or removed. Its insertion or removal
does not cause any pain.
- Fitting a fixed brace
does not hurt.
- Depending on your
treatment, a fixed brace can be fitted either in a single appointment or
over several appointments.
- Sometimes small blue
elastic rings called ‘separators’ are fitted between your back teeth a
few days before your brace is fitted. This is to enable the fitting of
‘bands’ around the molar teeth. Bands are like rings that fit around the
back teeth. Not everybody needs to have bands as part of their fixed
- Before a brace is
fitted, your teeth are cleaned and conditioned.
- For those who need bands
special glue is used to stick them to the teeth.
- Most of the fixed brace
consists of several brackets. These are little square-shaped metal or
ceramic buttons which are just glued to the teeth.
- The fitting of a fixed
brace is completed by connecting the bands and/or brackets with a thin
piece of wire called archwire that is held in place using small elastics
called modules. These come in different colours to make the wearing of
your brace more fun.