These braces are fixed onto the teeth, which means they cannot be removed. They deliver a force to the tooth via a wire which allows tooth movement to occur. The metal braces are mainly used for adults and children where treatment is funded through the NHS, they are very popular because the “colours” on the brace can be changed at each appointment.
Alternatively, fixed braces can be tooth-coloured (ceramic). This type of brace is not permitted on the NHS and can only be provided with private/independent treatment. These braces are popular with adults who wish to have a more discrete appliance to help give them a beautiful smile.