Although every patient's treatment differs slightly, orthodontic treatment with braces is generally similar for everyone. Here, our Manitoba dentists explain the process of getting braces step-by-step.
1. Booking an Assessment Appointment With Your Dentist
Book an assessment with your general dentist, who can refer you to an orthodontist if necessary. Since people visit the dentist more regularly, it's often the dentist who recommends you see an orthodontist if required. However, normally you would not require a referral.
2. Attending a Consultation
You can consult with your dentist on whether braces are necessary or the best option.
During this session, the orthodontist will typically do a full examination of your teeth, which may include X-rays and intraoral photographs, to assess your case and determine treatment options.
3. Planning Your Treatment
Following the initial appointment, the dentist will most likely develop a treatment plan that is specific to your requirements. Every mouth is unique, which means that treatment must be tailored to your personal needs to obtain the desired outcomes.
4. Placing the Braces
Your dentist will most likely clean and condition your teeth at your next session to prepare them for braces.
At this visit, dental care usually consists of a thorough cleansing of the mouth and teeth. Following that, they are prepped for the cement, and then the brackets are glued directly to the teeth in the places that have been set by the dentist before treatment begins.
It is next necessary to insert the wire into the brackets, which are subsequently secured in place by shutting the doors behind them.
5. Discussing Your Oral Care
Following the placement of your braces, your dentist should go through some basic orthodontic care procedures with you, including how to clean your braces, how to brush your teeth, and what type of toothpaste to use. In certain cases, they may even provide you with little spindle brushes to use to remove food particles and germs from around the brackets as well as in between the wire and your teeth.
6. Adjustments & Checkups
After your braces have been set, you will typically have to wait for 8 to 10 weeks before you have your first adjustment.
The dentist will likely introduce a new wire into the brackets during an adjustment. This new wire will be somewhat stronger or will have a different design than the previous wire to continue to move your teeth and to pull or push the teeth in a certain direction.
When you have braces on, you must keep up with your regular dental checkups and cleanings as much as possible. When you have braces or wires in your teeth, it might be difficult to clean them. However, your dentist and hygienist should be experienced in cleaning around brackets and can assist you in cleaning more effectively to safeguard your dental health.