Upper & Lower Fixed Appliances

Placement of the fixed appliances (braces)

This is a 1 to 2 hour appointment, when appliances are placed on the teeth, care and maintenance of the appliances is demonstrated and explained to the patient and (when applicable) parent.  In some cases the patient may need extraction of teeth and temporary anchorage devices placed.

Adjustment appointments

These appointments occur every 4-8 weeks and appointment times range from 15 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the treatment task undertaken.

Removal of the fixed appliances (braces)

In most cases this requires a morning appointment for the removal of the braces (approximately 60 minutes) and in the afternoon a 15 minute appointment for fitting of the retainer to maintain corrections.

Retention appointments

Following band removal you will be seen for 12-18 months with 4 monthly appointments to check the retainers and make sure the teeth remain in the correct positions.