Adult patients do not want metal braces fixed to their teeth. ‘Train-tracks’ are very obvious, even from a distance, and there is an increasing demand for less conspicuous braces. These are clear or tooth-coloured brackets which are usually made from porcelain. A metal wire is still used to straighten the teeth but this is only really obvious on closer inspection. If porcelain brackets were fitted to the lower teeth they could damage the edges of the upper teeth. Metal attachments are therefore normally recommended for the lower teeth. Some patients choose to have aesthetic braces for the upper teeth and lingual braces on the lower teeth.
This is a 10 minutes appointment, where there will be a initial chat to get to know you, examine your mouth and assess your problems and your expectations from the treatment.
Once you have had the initial assessment and decide to go ahead with the treatment, we will book an appointment to have your records taken.
These include x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth. They are needed to plan your treatment and to monitor its progress and results.
After your records have been examined and a treatment plan has been designed, you will now be ready to have the braces fitted. This is usually carried out in a single appointment.