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Straight teeth aren’t just aesthetically pleasing. In fact, gaps and crowding in the mouth make it more difficult to keep the area clean through regular brushing and flossing, which can lead to cavities and periodontal disease. An improper bite often results in chewing difficulties, speech issues, jaw pain, damage to the bones and gums, and more. Braces can be a powerful tool for remedying these problems. It’s understandable to be nervous about getting your braces put on. Yet the procedure is painless and quick. As an orthodontist, I’ve seen patients opt for a variety of different types of braces, including metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign®, and Lingual Braces (Incognito® System). However, as each type has a different procedure, today we will focus on the more common metal and clear braces. While metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel, clear braces are crafted from single crystal pure grown sapphire. The two types offer the same results.

The consultation:

The first step is visiting your orthodontist for a consultation. Depending on your particular teeth, budget, and a variety of other factors, the orthodontist will suggest which type of braces will work best for you. Both metal and clear braces are fixed and brackets are bonded to the tooth to hold the wires, either clear or metal, and are secured with ties. Over a period of time, the braces slowly move teeth to ensure that they are straight. While people often worry about the cost of braces, many orthodontic clinics accept dental insurance and offer payment plans. Any questions you have will be answered. Make a list of your concerns and address them during the consultation. You want to find an orthodontist who is a good fit for you.

You will also discuss your dental history with your orthodontist and may need to receive x-rays. In addition, it will be determined if you need separators to create spaces in your teeth for the placement of braces.

Putting braces on:

Now down to the actual process of putting on the braces. The only thing patients typically feel is a little pressure when the ties are added. In fact, you don’t even have to worry about needles, because Novocaine isn’t necessary. The mouth and teeth may be slightly sore after the appointment, but the discomfort quickly dissipates. We recommend eating soft foods, such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup for the first day or two after the procedure.

At your bonding appointment, if you are wearing spacers, they will be removed. A solution is then placed on the teeth to lightly roughen the surface allowing the glue to penetrate the surface and hold the braces on firmly. The solution is washed away and the teeth are dried. The orthodontist follows up with a special conditioner to further aid in allowing the glue to stick to the teeth.

The glue is already present on the braces and they are applied one by one. Excess is removed and a high-intensity light hardens the glue. The orthodontist checks to make sure the braces are in the perfect position, lightly dries the surface, and then slides an arch wire through the braces. The wire is secured inside the back braces.

Once the wire is placed, you will be able to choose the color of your ties, unless you are opting for clear. The ties will add a little pressure to the surface of the tooth, but again it isn’t painful. The rubber ties keep the wire in place through your treatment.

With advances in orthodontics, the entire process only takes about 20 to 30 minutes. When your procedure is done, your doctor will give you important information including what foods to avoid and how to brush and care for your teeth.

Adjustments:

You will need to make regular visits to your orthodontist to have your braces adjusted. These visits are typically every three to 10 weeks. The doctor will evaluate your treatment progress and replace your wires and ties. The appointments are short and an essential part of moving the teeth into their desired positions.

Removal:

The removal process is also relatively pain-free and doesn’t require numbing agents or needles. Your orthodontist will gently break the bond between the brackets and surface of your teeth. The leftover glue will be scraped off using a tool. After the braces are removed, most patients have a mold taken of their mouth to fit their retainer. The length of time you must wear your retainer varies, but eventually you won’t need to wear it all of the time. Retainers are customized to prevent the teeth from shifting back out of place.

You will notice a huge change and issues such as overcrowding, overjet teeth, a crossbite, or underbite will no longer plague you. You will be able to smile with confidence.

Have you experienced braces?

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One Response

  1. KamPatel

    Really good post and the procedure for getting braces is well explained. Many times it becomes necessary to get the braces due to dental problems. Nowadays there are many types of braces available to choose from according to your need. The post is beneficial to the people who are going to get the treatment.

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