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How Are Braces Put On?

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Before you get braces, you’ll have an appointment or two with your orthodontist to figure out just what you need.  Once you get the treatment planning out of the way, your next visit will be when everything is officially ‘wired’ into place!

Here’s what you can expect.

The orthodontist will make sure your teeth are completely clean. After drying your enamel, your orthodontist cements the brackets with a firm, but perfectly safe orthodontic glue.

With the brackets bonded in place, the arch wire can be set over them. This wire is a single metal line that directs the teeth into alignment with one another.

The next step is to keep the wire in place. Your orthodontist will slip very small and durable rubber bands around the brackets. These bands are so strong that special tools are needed to stretch them out and secure them in place. They’re available in a variety of colors for you to choose from.

How long is an appointment to get your braces put on? It’s a good idea to plan for around two hours, although it usually takes less time. Bring along some music or a movie on a portable device that you can listen to and settle in for a full afternoon!

Getting Used to Braces

Getting your braces put on shouldn’t hurt, but for the first couple of days, your teeth will probably feel tight as you get used to the sensation of having pressure placed on them. Within a month, you should get used to the presence of your braces, and in less than six months you could forget that you’re even wearing them.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for tips on how to make your braces as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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