Fixed Braces

We find that many people are put off having fixed braces because of the way they look. Modern advances in dentistry mean that we can offer clear braces that provide all the benefits of fixed braces, but aren’t noticeable when you smile. At Aurora Dental Clinic, Corsham, we offer Damon Braces.

Why have fixed braces?

Fixed braces consist of having a fixed bracket on each tooth with wires attaching. These brackets and wires together use gentle forces to gradually move your teeth into your desired position. As the braces are fixed, they are always applying forces to your teeth. Damon braces are self-ligating which means they don’t need elastic bands to hold the wires in place. They also require fewer visits to the practice for adjustments.

Our fixed braces use clear plastic brackets and tooth-coloured wires so they are perfectly discreet. Fixed braces offer the most precise results.

What does having braces involve?

  • We begin the treatment with a thorough oral health examination as oral hygiene is very important for the success of your orthodontic treatment. We also carry out x-rays to assess the structures of your teeth.
  • We will need to take scans and measurements of your teeth. We have a digital 3D scanner that we can use in place of alginate moulds. These scans can be sent to the lab where your brace is custom made. We can also use these scans to display how your smile will look after the treatment.
  • Once your braces are made and sent back to us, we’ll invite your back for the fitting. We use a dental cement to fix the clear brackets on your teeth, then fit the wires. We will talk though how best to look after your brace throughout your treatment and we’ll arrange when we want to see you next.
  • How long the treatment will take depends on the case. Orthodontic treatment does take a long time, around 12 to 18 months, but the results can last a lifetime.
  • Once your teeth have reached your ideal position, we’ll remove the brace and then take scans for your retainer.

Retainers

You can have a fixed or removable retainer. If you have a removable retainer, you will need to wear this at night. We recommend that you wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. While your teeth will stabilise over time, they are subject to natural movement. A retainer will help your smile to remain as straight as possible.