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What You Need to Know About Braces & Orthodontics

Published on:2019-8-3

Orthodontic treatment isn’t simply just getting braces fitted, from the consultation stage to designing the treatment there are a lot of factors to consider. Getting braces is a nerve wracking experience for most people so here’s a simple guide so you know what to expect and can alleviate some of your anxiety.


1. Examination & Consultation

At your first appointment the orthodontist will take a look at your teeth and also take some x-rays and a mold of your teeth. They will then advise on a treatment plan designed just for you.


2. Treatment of Cavities & Gum Disease

Prior to orthodontic treatment if the patient has cavities or gum disease these need to be treated before any of the orthodontic treatment can begin.


3. Preparation for Braces

According to the treatment plan if your dentist advises that you need to have teeth removed this will need to be done over a few appointments, this includes removing wisdom teeth. If your teeth don’t need to be removed the orthodontist may carry out interproximal reduction where they remove enamel between the teeth.


4. Placing the Braces

Once the surface of the teeth have been conditioned and brackets are placed on the determined areas the wires will then be placed into the brackets. To begin with it will take time to adjust to braces, the teeth will feel pressure and discomfort. You may also find that sores or ulcers develop in the mouth this is normal.   


5. Appointments

Once the braces have been fitted you will need to go back to your orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks. During the appointments the orthodontist will adjust the wires in order for the teeth to continue to move. The orthodontist will also advise about oral hygiene during appointments.


6. Removal of Braces & Retainer

Once your teeth have been straightened which can take between 1 or 2 years the braces can be removed. However, once the braces have been removed you need to wear a retainer. During the first 6 months to a year the teeth can still shift so you must wear your retainer to prevent this from happening.


For more information about getting braces you need to contact a professional orthodontist who can provide you a treatment plan that is tailor-made for you.