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What to expect when getting braces

The braces procedure explained

Taking a step to having braces fitted can be nerve-wracking, especially when you do not know what exactly the procedure entails. While everyone’s experiences might differ slightly, we have put together a guide of what you can expect.

1. A general examination

During a general examination, the dentist will conduct an x-ray, which will determine the condition of your bite and give a better insight into your teeth alignment. If your dentist feels that you may require orthodontic treatment, he or she may then refer you to an orthodontist. However, you can always set up your appointment with us your own by contacting us.

2. Consultation

During the consultation, your orthodontist along with his treatment coordinator will go through your treatment options and this will also be the best time to ask questions or express your concerns. The fees for treatment will be discussed along with any health insurance queries you may have. By looking at your x-rays, your orthodontist will point out why the treatment may be necessary, and which option would be best suited to address your problems, while also taking your lifestyle into account.

3. Treatment

Some patients suffer from an underbite or overbite, while others may have a problem with gaps or overcrowding. Each mouth is different, and treatments must be specific to the individual in order to work properly. You don’t have to make a decision that day, you may go home to discuss treatment options with family members if you would prefer. If you are happy to go ahead with treatment, we are able to book in appointment times as soon as an appointment becomes available depending on the appointment that needs to be booked in.

4. Fitting the brackets

After cleaning, your teeth will be primed. The brackets will then be cemented onto your teeth.

5. Inserting the wire

Once the brackets are in place, it is time to insert the wire into the brackets. Orthodontists are able to cut the wire to the right length, and sometimes insert bends or kinks into the wire in order to create leverage over the teeth, which will help them move faster into the correct position.

6. Education

Each patient may be affected differently to treatment. Having braces will surely affect your lifestyle in some ways, and a change to your dental care routine can be expected. The dental nurse will go over some instructions on how to brush and floss your teeth, also explaining what foods to eat and which foods and drinks to stay away from while in treatment.

7. Adjustments

Once your braces are in place, you would generally book an appointment six to eight weeks after your visit. During your second appointment, your wires may be removed and replaced with a new one, which will be slightly tighter and stronger than the first. This is so your teeth gradually move into a place with the right amount of pressure.

8. Dentist appointments

Seeing a general dentist is equally important when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The wires and brackets make it easy for food particles and plaque to remain in your teeth even when you brush or floss, so a general dental clean and check-up is always the answer and will benefit you in the long run.

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, be sure to book an appointment with us today.