Braces 101: What to Expect When Getting Braces

Posted on July 24, 2023

Many people are improving their smiles with braces. The right set of braces can straighten out a crooked smile and ensure proper spacing between teeth. Further, braces can be used to correct problematic biting motions, such as overbites and underbites. It’s wise to speak with a dentist or orthodontist when considering braces.

Not sure what you should expect if you decide to get braces? Let’s cover some of the basics. However, keep in mind that individual circumstances can vary. If you have specific questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch or talk with your dentist during your next checkup.

Designing Braces

If you opt to get braces, the first step is a general consultation and examination with an orthodontist. Orthodontists specialize in braces, and they will start by getting a grasp of your situation. The best type of braces and the specific design will depend on the individual needs of the patient.

Installing Braces

Installing braces can be rather intensive. A cheek retractor will be used to keep the cheeks away from your teeth. Then the orthodontist will install the braces using dental cement and other materials and tools. The process is relatively quick and can generally be completed in just a few hours. You may experience some discomfort after installation, but typically disruptions are minimal.

Regular Adjustments

Over time, the braces will slowly move teeth. As this happens, the braces must typically be adjusted to account for the changing alignment of the teeth, among other factors. Adjustments must usually be performed every month or so, but the timeline will depend on your specific situation.

Cleaning Braces

Braces require regular upkeep. The average adult will have to wear braces for about 3 to 4 years. A child will often have to wear braces for only about 2 years. That said, timelines can vary dramatically. Either way, it’s important to keep your braces clean and well-maintained throughout. If you fail to properly maintain your braces, it could lead to a variety of complications.

So how can you ensure a healthy smile while wearing braces? Regular brushing, fluoride toothpaste, and using a Waterpik are recommended. This will help ensure good oral health, which will contribute to a brighter, whiter smile. It’s also crucial to regularly check in with your dentist.

Do you think you might need braces? Feel free to reach out to us at your convenience! We can help you explore various teeth straightening options and schedule your free orthodontic consultation.