A fixed brace can be used to straighten crooked teeth and is attached to your teeth. If you are interested in having a fixed brace you may have some questions.
The price of a fixed brace like Cfast will vary depending on the duration of your treatment. Click here for a price list.
It is likely to be sore for about 3 – 5 days each time the brace is adjusted. If necessary, painkillers such as the ones you would normally take for a headache may help (please read the instructions on the packet). If the brace rubs your lips or cheeks, you will be able to purchase some products to help with this.
The orthodontic brace you would be wearing is fixed to the teeth for the whole of your treatment. You should not try to remove it, as you may damage your teeth and the treatment will not work.
Yes, you should be able to eat normally. However, for your orthodontic treatment to work well and in the shortest possible time it is important you take care of your teeth and brace. In order to prevent damage to both, you should:
Avoid eating toffees, boiled sweets, sugared chewing gum, chocolate bars etc.
Avoid drinking fizzy drinks (including diet drinks) and excessive amounts of fruit juice.
Take care when eating crunchy apples, crusty bread, etc. which might damage the brace. Cut them up first.
It is important you brush your teeth thoroughly three times per day and use fluoride toothpaste. If possible carry a brush with you for use after lunch. Pay particular attention to brush where the gums meet the teeth. Brushing may take a little longer when you have a fixed brace. Plaque-disclosing tablets are available to indicate areas which require more attention. A daily fluoride mouth rinse should also be used the last thing at night, after tooth brushing, to further protect the teeth.
Failure to keep your teeth and brace clean could lead to permanent scarring of your teeth as shown in the previous picture.
It may sometimes be necessary for you at some stage during the treatment, to wear headgear and/or elastics. Headgear is usually worn in the evenings and at night. Elastics are worn inside the mouth all the time, including during mealtimes.
Once the active phase of your treatment is finished, it will be necessary to wear a retaining brace (retainer). This may be removable or it may be fixed behind your front teeth. The length of time this has to be worn can vary. Generally, though, some type of retainer has to be worn for life; we have several clinics across central London for your convenience.
It usually takes 18 – 24 months but will vary depending on your case’s severity. Failed and cancelled appointments or repeated breakages of the brace will add to the overall treatment time.
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“I cannot express how amazing Biju and his team have been to me during my teeth straightening journey! After a short time in c-fast braces & a little composite edge bonding, I have the teeth I always dreamed of having! I couldn’t smile in photos for years and now I cannot stop!”