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Braces (Train Tracks)

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What are Braces?

Metal Bracket Braces, often referred to as 'train track braces', consist of metal brackets affixed to each tooth, linked by a wire. This arrangement, which looks similar to train tracks, is efficient in aligning teeth and addressing different orthodontic problems.

These braces work by exerting pressure via archwires that are threaded through the brackets, thus modifying the position, orientation, and alignment of the teeth. They are especially effective in aligning misaligned teeth, correcting specific types of bite issues, and evening out the smile.

How do Metal Braces work?

Metal bracket braces are a commonly used orthodontic treatment and are suitable for people of all ages who need to correct dental issues.

They are a popular choice due to their durability and effectiveness in treating a wide range of orthodontic problems. Metal braces are also often more cost-effective compared to other types of braces, making them a preferred option for many patients.

How much do Metal Braces Cost?

The cost of braces varies depending on severity, age of patients and treatment goals. For an accurate estimate tailored to your specific situation, we highly encourage booking a personalised consultation with our team.

Understanding the financial commitment to orthodontic care, we are committed to making treatment as accessible as possible. To this end, we offer a variety of flexible payment plans designed to fit your budget. Additionally, patients can take advantage of a 5% discount for payments made in full upfront. You may also be eligible to claim 20% back on your investment through the Med 2 form, further supporting the affordability of your journey to a healthier smile

Specialist orthodontist, Dr. Joseph O'Connor

The Process

Initial Consultation

This appointment is to discuss your goals with one of our specialist orthodontists. It may also involve your dental and medical history, a physical examination of your teeth and jaw, X-rays, and possibly impressions of your teeth to create models.

Treatment Planning

The orthodontist will review the X-rays, photos, and examination results to devise a specific plan for moving your teeth into the correct position. This plan will include the estimated length of treatment, cost of treatment and any preparatory work needed.


This might involve dental cleaning, addressing any existing dental issues like cavities, and possibly extracting teeth to create space for adjustments. Once these issues have been addressed, it's time to move onto the next phase!

Braces Fitting

During this appointment, Dr O'Connor places the metal or ceramic brackets onto your teeth. These brackets are glued on carefully, in such a way that they are stable but can also be removed easily at the end of your treatment.

Regular Adjustments & Monitoring

You will have regular appointments (usually every 8-10) for progress checks. During these visits, the orthodontist will check the fit of your aligners and may advise that a new set of aligners are ordered.

Removing Braces

The attachments and wires are carefully removed, and any adhesive is cleaned off your teeth. This is usually a quick and painless process.

Aftercare & Retention

To keep your teeth in their new position after the braces are removed, most patients will need to wear a retainer full time for a period following the removal of braces, transitioning to night-time wear to ensure teeth do not shift back to their original positions. Read more here.

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What is the expected timeframe for fixed braces?

The timeframe for braces varies from person to person, depending on several factors including if extractions are needed, the presence of a deep bite, large overjet, or numerous teeth in crossbite. The speed at which a patient's teeth move also varies with age and individual biological response.

Are braces sore?

Getting braces fitted is usually not painful, but some discomfort or mild soreness can be experienced for a few days after adjustments. This tenderness typically lasts about three to five days.

Train tracks vs Invisalign

Invisalign and traditional braces each have their advantages and suitability depends on individual dental needs. Invisalign may be slightly more expensive than metal braces, and an orthodontist can provide a timeline and advise which is better for your dental goals.

How much do braces cost in Ireland?

In Ireland, the cost for traditional metal braces ranges between €3,000 and €6,000. Options like ceramic braces or invisible aligners might cost more, varying based on treatment complexity and duration.

Do braces hurt?

Braces can cause discomfort, especially after being adjusted, typically lasting a few days. This soreness results from the pressure applied to move the teeth.

How long do braces last?

The average duration for wearing braces is about 1 to 3 years, influenced by the severity of dental issues, brace type, and the patient's oral health and age.

What age is too late for braces?

There is no age limit for braces; orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, as long as the individual has healthy teeth and gums.

Is 30 too old for braces?

No, 30 is not too old for braces. Many adults seek orthodontic treatment for various reasons, with options available that cater to adult patients.

Who Cannot have braces?

Individuals with severe gum disease, weakened enamel, significant bone loss, or certain health conditions may not be suitable for braces. An orthodontic consultation is necessary to determine eligibility.

Is 70 too old for braces?

Age 70 is not too old for braces, given the individual has good oral health. Treatment approaches may vary based on dental health and medical history.

How painful are braces for adults?

Adults can experience discomfort with braces, similar to younger patients, though pain levels vary and are generally manageable.

Do braces change your face shape?

Braces can lead to subtle changes in face shape, enhancing facial symmetry and balance, especially in the jawline and mouth area, without drastically altering the overall facial structure.

How do you brush with braces?

Brushing with braces requires a soft-bristled toothbrush and careful cleaning around wires and brackets, using interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean between teeth and under wires.

Are braces really worth it?

Braces are considered a worthwhile investment for improving dental aesthetics and addressing issues that could lead to more serious health problems, often enhancing the patient's self-confidence.

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Read what our patients say about us

"Two of my daughters had braces fitted by the lovely Dr. Katherine Condren. I would highly recommend her services, she was so good with my daughters, we are extremely happy with the service received and they both have beautiful smiles now."

February 22, 2024

"Dr Joseph O’Connor is such a skilled orthodontist. His kindness and attention to detail is outstanding. He takes the time to explain everything and makes you feel very comfortable. Could not recommend him more."

March 6, 2024

"Joseph is a kind, compassionate and skilled orthodontist. He has a beautiful patient manner and his attention to detail is second to none. Highly recommend."

March 3, 2024

"I had a great experience with Dr O’Connor and his team. Booking was simple and they were very friendly & efficient throughout. Would highly recommended."

January 16, 2024

"Amazing service, highly professional. Dr O'Connor was really kind and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!"

January 30, 2024

"Extremely happy with the outcome after braces, great attention to detail! Highly recommend."

March 4, 2024

"Dr O'Connor is a brilliant orthodontist, the consultation was thorough and he's easy to talk to."

Laura Anne
March 4, 2024

Begin Your Journey

Discuss your goals with one of our specialist orthodontists to find out what treatment option suits you best. We offer free consultations both in person and online.

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