Guide to Getting BracesOrthodontic treatment is a big step towards having healthier, better-looking teeth for life. Here is a guide to getting braces, including how to prepare for them, how treatment works, and how to take care of your teeth throughout the process.
Getting Ready for Orthodontics
Before you start orthodontic treatment, you will visit our dentist, Dr. Allen Sanders, to discuss corrective options and have your bite assessed. X-rays, photos, and impressions will be taken of your teeth and used to plan and design your treatment. You will also learn about your chosen orthodontic appliance, including how long treatment will take and how long it will cost.
Starting Orthodontic Treatment
Depending on your chosen treatment, you will either have your brackets and wires attached or receive your first Invisalign aligners at your starting appointment. Some temporary discomfort can be expected after this visit as your teeth adjust. Tightening visits, which are scheduled throughout treatment, will have the same effect.
Taking Care of Your Teeth and Orthodontics
Because orthodontics can trap food and bacteria, extra oral hygiene is important. In addition to limiting your sugar intake, you should brush after meals, floss daily, and attend regular check-ups. Hard and sticky foods are best avoided as they can damage brackets.
Being diligent about keeping appointments and caring for your teeth will help ensure that your treatment is finished on schedule. After treatment, you will get retainers to wear temporarily or intermittently to preserve your results. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about preparing for your orthodontic experience.
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