Fixed braces

At Beam Orthodontics, we take a different approach to orthodontics. We will look at your smile and talk you through the treatment options we would recommend. Sometimes the best option might not be braces and we will explain why.

Our specialist orthodontists have spent three years full-time completing their postgraduate qualification in orthodontics, in addition to their undergraduate degree in dentistry. This means they are highly experienced in diagnosing orthodontic treatment problems and recommending the very best orthodontic treatment for you. In some instances, this treatment may be in the form of fixed metal braces. 

What are fixed metal braces?

Fixed metal braces are the traditional orthodontic appliance. They are the ones that look like train tracks on your teeth. But before you say, "I’m not wearing them!” read on. Orthodontics has evolved rapidly over the past few decades and that includes the size, design, look and feel of fixed metal braces. 

Today, these braces are much smaller, more discreet and more comfortable to wear. And all of these benefits haven’t taken away their effectiveness. They are still one of the best orthodontic appliances for straightening teeth. 

Costs and finance plans

Name of treatment Price Monthly repayments
Invisalign from £3,000 £25 over 3 years
Lingual Braces from £1,600 £40 over 1 year



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Specialist Orthodontists

Ruaridh McKelvey

Rhu graduated in Dentistry at Glasgow in 1995, gained his Fellowship in Dental Surgery with the Royal College of Surgeons in 1998 and then spent three years in Specialist Orthodontic training in Bristol and Exeter, completing the orthodontic exam (M.Orth) in Edinburgh in 2002. Rhu has worked both in practice and as a locum consultant. He has been based in Dundee since 2005 where he launched Beam Ortho with his wife, Jane.

Rhu appears in the Top 5 Scottish dental professionals, in Dentistry Scotland’s Leading 20 list. He was the highest rank Specialist Orthodontist too.

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Meet the team

  • Ruaridh McKelvey Principal Specialist
  • Ruth Fowler Specialist
  • Elinor Chalmers Specialist
  • Jane Adams Partner/
    Business & Private
    Client Consultant
  • Ariane Diplexcito Orthodontic

Before & After

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John - 34Invisalign


Invisalign - 12 months

I wanted to be able to smile at my wedding so I went for a free consultation with Beam. My smile has been transformed in one year thansks to Rua and his team.

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How do metal braces work?

Fixed metal braces are made up of three parts: brackets, archwires and elastic bands (ligatures). The small metal brackets are fitted to the front surface of each tooth with an orthodontic adhesive. The thin metal archwires then connect these brackets and the small elastic bands are fitted around the brackets. Combined, these three components apply gentle force to your teeth, encouraging them to move slowly but surely into a straighter position. 

Benefits of fixed metal braces

  • Small brackets are more discreet than ever before
  • These braces have a well-earned reputation for achieving excellent results
  • They can correct even the most problematic of orthodontic cases
  • They are suitable for children, teens and adults
  • Young patients (and those young at heart) can have fun with colourful elastic bands 

Find out how you could benefit from fixed metal braces. Book your free consultation with the team at Beam Orthodontics in Dundee today.

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