While every patient is unique, the process of getting braces is much the same for everyone. Today, our orthodontists guide you step-by-step through the exciting process of getting new braces.
Book An Appointment
For most people it's their family dentist who will refer them to an orthodontist for treatment. That said, it's perfectly ok to go ahead and set up an orthodontist appointment on your own. Find a suitable orthodontist in your neighbourhood, or ask friends and family for recommendations, then just call their office to book a consultation.
See Your Orthodontist for a Consultation
Your first appointment with your new orthodontist will be a consultation. This consultation will give your new orthodontist and opportunity to closely examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the best treatment option for you. In some cases the orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth during this consultation, in order to begin planning your treatment.
Learn About Your Treatment Plan
Next, the orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan to set out a roadmap for your orthodontic treatment. No two smiles are alike. Your treatment must be tailored to your individual needs, in order to achieve the best results. Using the impressions taken earlier, braces will be created specifically for you.
Get Your Braces Put On
It's an exciting day when you get your braces put on! First, your teeth will be cleaned and conditioned in preparation for your new braces. Then your teeth will be primed for the cement, and the brackets will be cemented to the teeth as per your treatment plan. Finally, once the brackets are firmly in place, the wire will be added into the brackets and the doors will be closed to hold the wire in place.
Learn to Care for Your Teeth and Braces
Taking proper care of you braces is key to keeping your treatment on track. So, once your braces have been placed your orthodontist will explain the basics of bracket care, how to clean your teeth thoroughly, and which toothpaste to use. You may also be provided with small spindle brushes which can be used to clean between the wire and your teeth. These small brushes will help you to remove food particles and bacteria from around the wire and brackets.
Your first adjustment appointment will typically be scheduled for between 3 to 4 weeks after getting your braces put on. Your orthodontist will change out your wire at each of your adjustment appointments. The new wire will be slightly stronger, or perhaps have a different configuration than the previous wire.
While you are straightening your teeth with braces, it's extra important to stay on top of your regular cleanings and checkups. Brackets and wires make it difficult for you to reach all areas of your teeth, but dental professionals are trained in how to clean around the brackets and can help you to keep your teeth and gums heathy while you have braces.