Getting the Braces
On the day you’ll get the braces, remember to brush and floss your teeth. Are you worried about injections? Remember that the procedure doesn’t use needles. Furthermore, most people don’t experience pain, although there are reports of some pressure.
Here’s an overview of what will happen:
- The orthodontist will use a retractor so you can comfortably keep your mouth open; this also helps keep the mouth dry.
- They will then apply a mild solution on each tooth surface before rinsing.
- Afterward, the orthodontist will apply adhesive on each tooth and the bracket will be placed on top of the adhesive.
- Excess adhesives will be removed and the rest will be cured with a special light.
- With all the brackets in place, the orthodontist will start threading the wire through each bracket. Please note that this process varies depending on the type of braces you need.
Generally, the entire process takes about 90 to 120 minutes.
After getting your orthodontic braces, you’ll receive instructions for aftercare. Remember that you’ll need some time to get used to wearing braces and that you might feel uncomfortable in the first few days.
Should you feel some discomfort, consider rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. You can also eat soft, cold foods such as yogurt and ice cream. The orthodontist might also prescribe you pain-relief medication.
Listen closely and take note of the instructions the orthodontist gives you regarding brushing and flossing your teeth. You might need to purchase orthodontic toothbrushes with concave tips to clean your teeth and the surface of the braces at the same time. Special flosses are also available for people with braces.
In the meantime, avoid chewy, sticky, and hard foods that require a big bite or a lot of chewing. Consider foods like pudding, mashed potatoes, and soup. Over time, you’ll be able to tolerate other kinds of foods much better.