Dental braces procedure
You are planning on receiving braces to have a confident smile with white, even teeth. Before seeing the dentist, it is important for you to learn the basics of this treatment.
How braces can bring you nice, even teeth?
After the dentist has attached brackets to your teeth, the archwires (made of springs or rubber bands) will create a pressure on the orthodontic bands and teeth, moving teeth in a certain direction. The jawbones will also readjust and develop to support the new positions of teeth.
Teeth move 1 mm per month. The dentist will determine the time needed for a brace treatment based on the placement of braces. It is from 6 months to 3 years on average.
Step 1: examine teeth
First off, the dentist will set an appointment with you to check your oral state. This includes examining your teeth if there are any decayed or chipped teeth and whether the gums are inflamed or swollen. Besides, they will ask for your dental history to see if you have ever received dental veneers or dental implant or any other dental procedures. After asking for your information and examining your teeth thoroughly, the dentist will discuss with you the right dental braces as well as give you the cost and estimated duration for the procedure.
Step 2: Preparation
*X-rays. The dentist will typically use a 3D X-rays machine to give the best idea of your teeth to attach the brackets, archwires, and spacers to the exact positions.
*Take impressions of teeth. This step won’t cause pain so you don’t need to worry about it. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth for monitoring and comparison during the treatment.
*Place the spacers. These spacers (usually made of rubber) are placed between teeth to spare the space for the orthodontic bands. However, spacers are not placed in every gap between two teeth. They can be placed in the lower or upper teeth or both. There are also cases they are not placed in any as the teeth are too short.
*Extract tooth (for decayed teeth). If you need to have more than 1 tooth extracted, the dentist will ask you to come back after a few days for another extraction.
Step 3: attach the braces
This is the most important step of the treatment and also the time when you’ll experience pain. Orthodontic bands, brackets, and archwires will be bonded to teeth, causing you some discomfort at first. The pain will continue for 2 weeks and 99% percent of the time you’ll have to have a porridge-only diet. After this period, congratulate you on achieving nice-looking teeth.
Step 4: Check-ups
This is the last step and also a positive phase of orthodontics. The dentist will typically ask you to come to the office every 4 weeks following the treatment to replace the archwires and move teeth to the ideal positions. If any problems arise, you will need extra brackets or tooth reshaping.
After every check-up, you will suffer from pain for 3-5 days then it will get better gradually.
Step 5: Remove braces
Once the dentist (and you also) is satisfied with your new teeth, the braces will be removed. The time needed for step 3 to proceed to step 5 can vary from person to person, from 12-24 months on average.
Step 6: Maintenance
After the braces are removed, you need to wear retainers to keep your teeth from shifting to their original state. Usually, there are two forms of retainers: fixed and removable. If you don’t wear retainers according to the dentist’s instructions, your teeth will shift back and return to their normal state. You may need to wear retainers for 9 to 12 months.
Diet and lifestyle during the treatment
1. Oral hygiene
Oral hygiene plays an essential role in your brace treatment. If you too lazy to brush your teeth thoroughly and use dental floss properly after meals, your teeth are at high risk for decay and discoloration (even though they look perfectly straight and nice after the braces are taken off).
Some oral hygiene products you need to get are a mouthwash (or saline), a soft-bristled toothbrush, dental floss, and toothpaste. Please note that you only need to use dental floss and brush after eating. Wash your mouth only after waking up in the morning.
2. Nutrition after braces
In this stage of “biting the bullet for a better look”, unfortunately, you need to say goodbye to hard foods. Soft and easy to chew foods such as porridge, cereals, smoothies, eggs, and milk are wise choices. You should also cut foods and fruits into small pieces before eating.
Where to get your braces?
To achieve the best outcomes out of your brace treatment you need to “place your trust” in a reliable dental clinic.