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Fixed braces are braces that cannot be removed for eating or cleaning purposes, as they are attached to the teeth.

Fixed braces consist of square brackets attached to each tooth, with a wire running through them, which gradually moves your teeth into the correct position. After the brace is fitted, your teeth will be tender for a day or so, though this should soon wear off and you will quickly become used to it. Fixed braces are stuck to your teeth for the whole of your treatment. You should not try to remove them yourself, as you could damage your teeth and cause your treatment not to work.

How long will I have to wear the brace?

It really depends on how much work there is to do and how far your teeth need to be moved. Fixed braces - usually take between 12 and 24 months, but could take longer if the problem is severe.

How often should I see the dentist while I am wearing my brace?

You will need to have your brace adjusted regularly to make sure it is working properly. Usually you will have an appointment roughly every six to eight weeks. It is very important that you go to these appointments, or the brace will take a lot longer to work.

Can I eat normally?

Eating the wrong foods can damage or even break your brace. For the first few days, it may be better to keep to soft foods.