What are braces?

Steel Braces

Braces are any appliance that is fixed to the teeth to correct individual tooth positions and improve how the teeth mesh together (the occlusion). Commonly, two types of braces are available, stainless steel or clear. Often, teenagers will have steel braces and change colours on the braces. Adults and older teens will often prefer clear braces; which are possible on the upper teeth and sometimes on the lower teeth, depending on the type of bite. In either case, stainless steel or clear, the results will be the same.

How do braces work?

Clear Braces

Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The main components are the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the arch wire that connects them. When the arch wire is placed into the brackets, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new positions. The size, shape and composition of the arch wire can all be varied. In addition, elastic bands, often between upper and lower teeth, can be used to improve the occlusion.

Do braces hurt?

The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt but it may a little uncomfortable. Once your braces are placed and connected with the arch wires you may feel some pressure on your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need a week or two to get used to the braces on your teeth. The full details of the information for the band up appointment will be found on the Links page - On Course for a New Smile. You will be told some tips to help at the appointment when your braces are placed Welcome to Braces.