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Maida Smiles (W. London)

Tel: 020 3974 1777

Fixed Metal Braces

Traditional wire braces

Metal braces, also known as train track braces, are the well-known, tried and tested teeth straightening choices on the market that offer predictable and reliable results.

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The cost of metal braces

The price for metal braces in the UK is approximately between £1,500 and £3,000, depending on the clinic and expertise of the orthodontist. Costing £3,000 at our practice, the price of metal braces is not far from that of Invisalign. Our metal braces cost £3,000 for both upper and lower arches.

What’s included in the cost:

  • Check-up, x-rays and treatment planning
  • Fitting of the braces and adjustments
  • Review appointments and tightening
  • Brace removal and smile enhancement

All your questions about metal braces answered

Fixed braces use small brackets attached to each tooth and joined by a wire. Over time, thicker wires will be placed and adjusted to create a gentle force of pressure that gradually aligns the teeth into their correct positions.

The wire attached to the brackets creates tension, which gradually shifts teeth into their desired positions over time.

Typically, every four weeks, our orthodontists will check and adjust the braces, which will involve tightening and changing the wires to ensure the teeth continue to move in the right direction.

In some instances, elastic bands or coil springs might be used to improve the movement of severe bite problems, which can, at the same time, close gaps or increase the space between teeth for accurate movement.

  • Crossbites and open bites
  • Overbites and underbites
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overcrowding, uneven and crooked teeth

The length of treatment will depend on your clinical needs. For example, moderate crowding can be treated faster than severe deep overbites.

Generally, you should expect your metal brace treatment to take between 12 and 18 months, but as mentioned above, it can take longer for some severe malocclusions.

A dentist will examine your teeth during your orthodontic consultation and provide an estimated treatment duration.

To ensure your treatment’s success and avoid retention, you must wear a retainer following your brace treatment. In an ideal world, you would wear a retainer for the rest of your life – however, it’s generally recommended to wear it overnight, every night for the next 12-18 months.

These days, there are plenty of alignment treatment options, whether it’s lingual braces, self-ligating, or removable aligners. In the last couple of years, Invisalign has been the fast, go-to choice as the cosmetic teeth straightening method focuses on aligning the front, visible teeth, which means simple alignment can be achieved in just a few months. 

See different types of braces, or explore the types of Invisalign here.

They’re not all metal

Teenagers and adults alike do not always jump at the chance to receive train track braces for obvious reasons. But unlike NHS orthodontics, private practices like ours in London offer different types of fixed braces, which are more discreet, like lingual and ceramic braces.

For example, ceramic braces, or white braces, feature tooth-coloured brackets and wiring and are a great choice for patients who prefer a more subtle approach to treatment.

Suitable for all ages, from children to adults, the clear material is less noticeable and costs just £500 more.

  • Offering predictable results, fixed metal braces move teeth in a precise manner that dentists trust up and down the UK.
  • Treatment cannot be interrupted by taking out removable braces for prolonged periods.
  • Provide fixed, discreet metal options that are less obvious than traditional braces.
  • It is the most reliable form to straighten teeth in severe cases with extensive overcrowding, deep overbites or abnormal teeth eruption.

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Christina J
Christina J
23. March, 2023.
I've been receiving orthodontic treatment for about a year now with Dr. Ines and she's a wonderful mixture of highly skilled and professional, very thorough, and gentle in her approach. She is also super personable and I always look forward to my monthly appointments with her. She's made such a big improvement to my teeth and I'm very happy with my treatment so far -- I highly recommend Dr. Ines. I've also had other treatments with Maida Smiles and always had a great experience, especially with my wisdom teeth removal (by Dr. Pedro) that went very smoothly without any issues. The team's treatment coordinator/dentist nurse Cinthia is also always super kind and helpful if you have any questions or want to understand treatments.
Angelica Sacrepaye
Angelica Sacrepaye
15. March, 2023.
I had the lovely Dr Shankar for a 4 month Invisalign treatment. I mainly had overcrowding that needed sorting out after having had braces as a teenager and not wearing my retainer. Dr Shankar was delightful and has a lovely energy about him that made me feel very comfortable throughout the whole process. He explained processes well and also gave good advice to help me make informed decisions. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone in the Maida Vale area!
George Batchkala
George Batchkala
14. March, 2023.
I had 2 wisdom teeth (on the same side) removed by Dr Pedro. I had a much better experience than I expected. One month later, I have completely recovered without any complications. Absolutely recommend!
André Tiago
André Tiago
3. March, 2023.
I was recommended to start my treatment at the clinic and I couldn't be more pleased. It has been 6 months since I put my braces on and I am being followed by Dr. Ines and Dr. Cíntia. I can already see great changes and can't wait for the final result. Excellent professionals. The whole environment is very calm which makes you comfortable. 100% recommend Maida Smiles Clinic.
Claudia Castellani
Claudia Castellani
3. March, 2023.
Following a friend’s recommendation, I brought my eldest daughter to Dr Ines do Carmo for orthodontic treatment. Ines has been brilliant throughout the treatment; she is incredibly passionate about her work and this is reflected in her skilled perfectionism and the amazing results she achieves for her patients. From the start, Ines’ warm and friendly manner succeeded in putting my apprehensive daughter at ease. She was also forthcoming and thorough in her explanations of the treatment, and happy to share her extensive knowledge. My daughter now has an even lovelier smile thanks to Ines. I highly recommend her and will be bringing my younger children to her for their orthodontic treatment.
Carla Parreira
Carla Parreira
3. March, 2023.
It was my first time in the clinic and I had a great experience. The staff is very friendly. Samantha was very helpful with booking the appointment and fast replied to my messages. I had an appointment with Dr. Ines do Carmo. She is lovely. She explained all the treatment and the best option for my case. Cintia was helping Dr. Ines with the appointment. Cintia is very friendly. Dr. Ines and Cintia took care of me and made me feel welcome during the consultation. I will continue my treatment in the clinic. I recommend the clinic and especially Dr. Ines do Carmo.
Maria Moreira
Maria Moreira
2. March, 2023.
It is my good fortune to have found Dra inês at Maida Smiles Clinic and to have her as my orthodontist. My complex orthodontic treatment, as an adult, defies all laws of physics, but Dra Inês has the most amazing professional expertise and compassion to help and change lives, and she is helping me massively. In each consultation, Dra Inês moves one-step forward to improve my bite, my oral health in general and my smile! I will be forever grateful to Dra Inês for her outstanding care, professionalism and support she provides in each visit, in such a caring and friendly way. I warmly recommend Dra Inês and Maida Smiles Clinic to anyone who os considering orthodontics.
Adrian de Haro
Adrian de Haro
1. March, 2023.
We were on a short trip to London and my wife's implant got loose. We called Maida Smiles and they immediately saw her. They kindly sorted the issue out and my wife was extremely satisfied with the kind, friendly and professional service. Thanks Dr Pedro.
Igor Zinatulin
Igor Zinatulin
26. February, 2023.
I can’t thank enough Dr Pedro Gutierres and Maida Smiles’ team for guiding me through a multiple teeth extraction operation I had at the clinic recently. I’m a very anxious patient and everyone at Maida Smiles went above and beyond to accommodate my questions, asks and concerns. The operation itself was painless and positively uneventful, healing was quick and after-care second to none. Never thought I’d say this to myself but I’m looking forward to my next dentist appointment at Maida Smiles.