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Fixed Braces

Snö Dental offers the most comprehensive types of fixed orthodontic braces on the market for children, teens, and adults to fit any type of lifestyle and budget.

Braces, or dental braces, as referred to by Doctors, are wire-based attachments that are used to correct teeth or jaws that are crowded or unequal. Dental braces are used to straighten your teeth and jaws, resulting in a more even bite and a pleasant smile.

Braces consist of brackets, orthodontic bands, spacers, arch wires, and the ties that connect the arch wire to the brackets.

Fixed dental braces can be placed either on the buccal (outside) or lingual (inside) side of your teeth. Your Snö Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Roelien Stapelberg, will make sure that whatever fixed brace treatment you select will fit precisely, according to your needs, and be as discreet as possible in appearance. Although fixed dental braces require more work than the popular invisible aligners, fixed aligners offer a higher level of control, leading to higher precision than a treatment with removable dental braces.

Who is a good candidate for braces?

Teeth braces or appliances may be beneficial if your teeth are crooked or misaligned. Aligning your teeth and jaws is beneficial to your dental health as well as your appearance. Another advantage of braces is that they improve the way you bite and chew.

Before you can get braces, you’ll need to have healthy teeth and gums. This is important, to avoid tooth decay or gum disease whilst you wear your braces. Treatment lasts anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, with orthodontist appointments every 4 to 6 weeks.

No matter how old you are, it is critical to address any issues with your teeth. That’s because your bite—the way your top and bottom teeth come together—is affected by the position of your teeth and jaws. An incorrect bite not only alters your appearance, but it also impacts your ability to eat properly and keep your teeth healthy, affecting your quality of life.
If you have any of the following bite issues, you may be an excellent candidate for braces:


Is a condition in which one or more of your upper teeth bite in the opposite direction of the natural spot to meet. This can cause the individual teeth to grind away with time, and can cause your jaw joints muscle pain and joint sounds.


Your top front teeth cover too much of your lower front teeth, resulting in an overbite.


Is the protrusion of your upper front teeth. In other words, your upper teeth stick out.


Your upper teeth are positioned behind rather than in front of your bottom teeth.

Types of orthodontic dental braces available at Snö.

Clear Braces

Often referred to as Ceramic Braces these tooth-coloured braces are made of semi-translucent material and are vaguely noticeable, providing a less obvious alternative to fixed metal braces. These braces are a very popular orthodontic treatment choice with both our teen and adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. They work in a similar way as traditional fixed braces, using a thin wire to gently move your brackets and teeth. While ceramic braces aren’t as discreet as removable clear aligners (such as Invisalign®), they are excellent at straightening teeth.

Metal Braces (Traditional Braces)

Straight Wire braces are the most common type of braces used by orthodontists.

These braces consist of brackets that attach to the front of your teeth or bands that wrap around each tooth, as well as flexible wires or archwires that connect the brackets or bands to each other. Rubber bands or metal ties are used to connect the brackets to the wire in some braces, which apply greater pressure to your teeth to help them straighten and align. Depending on your bite, your orthodontist may require you to wear a headgear or other bite-correcting device that adds pressure to your teeth and helps the bite correction process. With these braces, you can create your own colorful combination of elastics for your braces.


Invisalign is the most contemporary orthodontic braces technology to straighten misaligned teeth in an almost invisible way, without wires or metal braces. Invisalign is an extremely popular type of braces, frequently referred to as invisible braces. These are transparent plastic trays that fit over your teeth, they apply gentle pressure to your teeth to move them into the proper locations and straighten your smile. You can take out the aligners to eat, brush, or floss, but they must be worn for at least 22 hours per day to be effective. To keep the aligners comfortably in place, the orthodontist will apply tooth-colored attachments to your teeth. Clear aligners require discipline and care to be effective.

Removable Braces

Removable braces click onto your teeth and can be removed when necessary. This type of orthodontic brace is usually only used for the upper teeth and is limited in its capabilities and are customized to your unique anatomy.

Lingual braces:

These braces have brackets on the back of your teeth that face your tongue. Lingual braces are more difficult to notice and are more often chosen by adults or working professionals.

Retainers help maintain your new smile after braces.

Retainers help maintain your new smile after braces

A retainer is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Your retainer is specially designed by your orthodontist to help you maintain the results from your treatment. Wearing your retainer as instructed is the key to maintaining the success of your orthodontic treatment.

There are a variety of retainers. Some are removable and some are fixed—that is, they are cemented to your teeth. Your orthodontist will provide the kind of retainer that best maintains the new positions of your teeth. Your orthodontist will recommend how long to continue wearing your retainers, depending on whether they are removable or fixed. Wearing your retainers as prescribed is the best way to keep your teeth from moving after your orthodontic treatment.

Your retainer is designed to perform a vital role in your overall orthodontic treatment. It’s very important that you wear your retainer exactly as you have been instructed. Otherwise, your treatment goals may not be maintained. If you’re wearing retainers after braces and you don’t follow your doctor’s instructions, your teeth could move toward their original positions, erasing some of the great results you achieved from treatment. You may need to wear your retainers for quite a while, so be patient. Each person’s care is different. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions for wearing your retainers. In some cases, permanent retention will be necessary. Your orthodontist will determine how long you’ll need to wear retainers.

If your retainer should break or be lost, contact your orthodontist at once for a replacement. If your retainer is not fitting properly — which may happen if you do not wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist – or if your fixed retainer should become loose, call your orthodontist right away for an appointment.

Learn more about our fixed braces treatments and costs in Abu Dhabi by contacting Snö Dental Clinics in Abu Dhabi on 800-DENTIST.

Is the result of braces permanent?

It’s always possible for teeth to shift. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to realign the teeth into a more secure position, distributing the forces of biting equally. This difficult procedure necessitates a specialist’s knowledge of where and how teeth can be repositioned.

Your teeth should be in a secure position after the braces are taken out. However, you should keep your braces on for as long as your orthodontist recommends. This will decrease the risk of your teeth reverting to their previous position. Even if they merely do this minimally, the end effect may disappoint you.

After your treatment, you’ll need to wear a ‘retainer’ on a regular basis to keep the results of the work the braces have done!

And don’t forget, taking care of your braces is very important! Brush your teeth every day, twice a day. Braces are delicate, and you must clean them with care to prevent them from breaking. Your orthodontist will be able to show you and advise how to and what’s best to brush with for your type of braces!

We recommend you reduce the amount of sugary food and drink you consume, as well as the frequency with which you consume it. Sticky and hard foods might also harm your braces, as well as your teeth!

If you have any concerns or queries about braces, visit your orthodontist at Snö Dental Clinics in Abu Dhabi.


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  • How long should metal braces be worn for best results?

    Because every smile responds to therapy differently, the amount of time spent in braces will vary based on the individual patient. Treatment lengths range from six to thirty months, but most typical treatments last around eighteen months.

  • Do metal braces hurt?

    No matter which option you choose, shifting your teeth can be a painful process. However, certain options are more likely to cause issues than others. Metal braces cause pain not only from shifting teeth but also from the metal braces themselves, which can irritate the interior of your mouth. It may take some time for your mouth to acclimate to metal brackets and wiring because it is not used to them. However, the pain isn’t severe, and an over-the-counter pain reliever will suffice.

  • Am I too old for metal braces?

    No one is ever too old to get braces. You may want to choose another option for appearance-related reasons, but from a medical standpoint, there is no age limit to getting metal braces fixed. Lately, the dental industry has seen an overwhelming number of adults choosing to have metal braces or ceramic braces to fix their smiles.

  • My teeth look straight, but I may still need metal braces, why?

    Although some people wear braces primarily for cosmetic reasons, there are a number of health benefits to having straighter teeth. Teeth that are straight are easier to clean, which helps to prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. Many structural issues can be resolved by correcting the bite, which can minimize jaw pain and make chewing easier. You may look like you have straight teeth, but your bite may be wrong, your dentist will be the best person to talk about this with for a personalized recommendation.

  • I have missing teeth, am I a good candidate for metal braces?

    Yes. When a tooth is gone, the teeth next to it slide into the empty area. This can result in a functional, aesthetic, or periodontal issue. Metal braces can/will repair and prevent these issues, as well as provide the necessary alignment for your dentist to replace lost teeth after your braces are off.

  • Are there different types of braces other than metal braces?

    Yes, some braces are designed to be fashionable! Apart from standard metal braces, there are transparent/ceramic braces and invisible/clear braces on offer.

  • Do I need to brush my teeth more often with metal braces?

    Yes, when you have braces, it’s easier for food particles and plaque to stick to the braces and your teeth. Plaque is a colorless, sticky substance, it’s also a microbe, so it’s not something you want to be caught between your teeth. You run the danger of acquiring gingivitis if you don’t brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Additionally, it also isn’t a good look to have food stuck in your braces.

  • How much do metal braces cost?

    Metal braces are not cheap; however, they are the winners in terms of cost comparison with other types of braces. The cost also varies from patient to patient, based on the requirements and severity of the correction needed. Schedule an appointment with our orthodontists so we can recommend the next steps for you.