These are immovable structures designed to straighten or realign teeth. They can be metal or ceramic and can be fixed to the outside of the teeth or behind the teeth - "lingual braces". On average they need to be in place between 18 months and 2 years. They usualy require a visit to the orthodontist every month.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When braces are fitted the sensation will be both unfamiliar and unpleasant. It becomes second nature in a relatively short time however. Ongoing problems usually surround food getting caught in them. A water pick may be useful for clearing food caught in the braces. Once the treatment is complete a retainer must be worn at night to keep the teeth in place.
Permanently straight teeth. Less decay as a result of being able to clean teeth more effectively.
Braces can cost on average between 2000 and 5000 euros. They are not so pleasant to wear and even the enamel braces are visible.