While every one of our Surrey patients is unique, the process of getting braces is much the same for everyone. Today, our orthodontists guide you step-by-step through the process of getting braces.
1. Book an Appointment
Your dentist knows your teeth best. For most people it's their family dentist who will refer them to an orthodontist. That said, it's perfectly fine 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.
2. Initial Consultation with the Orthodontist
Your first appointment with your new orthodontist will be a consultation. This consultation will give the 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.
3. Personalized Treatment Plan
Next, the orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan. 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.
4. Getting Your Braces
Now it's time to have your braces placed. At this appointment 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. After 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.
5. Oral Care Instructions
It is essential to take proper care of your braces in order to keep 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 handy brushes will help you to remove food particles and bacteria from around the brackets and wire.
6. Adjustments & Checkups
Typically, your first adjustment appointment will be 3 to 4 weeks after getting your braces put on. Your orthodontist will insert a slightly different wire at each of your adjustment appointments. The new wire will be slightly stronger, or perhaps have a different configuration than the previous wire.
Throughout your orthodontic treatment, it's extra important to stay on top of your regular dental cleanings and checkups. Brackets and wires make it difficult for you to reach all areas of your teeth, but dental professionals are trained in cleaning around brackets and can help you to keep your teeth and gums heathy while you have braces.