Fitting Your Fixed Brace

You will usually have a 1 hour appointment, fitting the brace takes approximately 45 minutes. There are no drills or injections involved in the procedure, the process is one of cleaning, washing, drying and sticking – your lips and cheeks will be held out of the way during this process. There is nothing to be concerned about for the fitting of your brace, however straight afterwards your brace will feel strange and uncomfortable. We expect it to take from 7-10 days for you to get used to your brace and some general aching and discomfort can be expected for the first 3-4 days.

Problem with Your Brace

If you have a problem with your brace please refer to FAQ’s first to answer your concerns. Should you need to arrange an additional appointment please contact the practice. You will see one of the orthodontic therapists and they will ask you about the problem. Your appliance will be repaired as necessary and will be made comfortable before you leave. Advice on appliance care will be reinforced if required.

Routine Adjustment

Your fixed appliance will be checked and if your teeth are ready, the next strength of wire will be fitted. Any other general alterations will be made, sometimes including the removal or placing of new brackets, build up of your turbo’s and sometimes fitting of hooks and elastics. All will be explained to you during the appointment. Routine photographs will be taken throughout treatment. This appointment normally takes 15-30 minutes.

Debond (Removal of Your Brace)

When you and our specialist orthodontists are happy with the result, your braces are removed It is a quick process to remove the brace, each bracket is ‘clicked’ off one by one as the glue is broken with a small amount of pressure on each tooth. The remaining glue is then cleaned off and impressions and photographs will be taken.