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A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Braces

Every patient experience will be a little different but when it comes to orthodontics there are a number of steps that each patient will follow. Our Thornhill orthodontists explain the general process.

1. Booking a consultation With Your Dentist

Book a consultation with your general dentist, who can refer you to an orthodontist if necessary. Since people visit the dentist more regularly, it's often the dentist who recommends you see an orthodontist if required. However, normally you would not require a referral.

2. Attending a Consultation

You can consult with your dentist on whether braces are necessary or the best option.

During this session, the orthodontist will typically do a full examination of your teeth, which may include X-rays and intraoral photographs, in order to assess your case and determine treatment options.

3. Planning Your Treatment

After your first exam, the dentist will start to create a treatment plan that is specific to your requirements. Every smile is unique, which means that treatment must be tailored to your personal needs in order to obtain the desired outcomes.

4. Placing the Braces

Your dentist will most likely clean and condition your teeth at your next session in order to prepare them for braces.

At this visit, dental care usually consists of a thorough cleansing of the mouth and teeth. Following that, they are prepped for the cement, and then the brackets are glued directly to the teeth in the places that have been set by the dentist before treatment begins.

It is next necessary to insert the wire into the brackets, which are subsequently secured in place by shutting the doors behind them.

5. Discussing Your Oral Care & Hygiene

Following the placement of your braces, your dentist should go through some basic orthodontic care procedures with you, including how to clean your braces, how to brush your teeth, and what type of toothpaste to use. In certain cases, they may even provide you little spindle brushes to use in order to remove food particles and germs from around the brackets as well as in between the wire and your teeth.

6. Adjustments & Checkups

After your braces have been set, you will typically have to wait for 8 to 10 weeks before you have your first adjustment.

The dentist will likely introduce a new wire into the brackets during an adjustment. This new wire will be somewhat stronger or will have a different design than the previous wire in order to continue to move your teeth and to pull or push the teeth in a certain direction.

When you have braces on, it is critical that you keep up with your regular dental checkups and cleanings as much as possible. When you have braces or wires in your teeth, it might be difficult to clean them. However, your dentist and hygienist should be experienced in cleaning around brackets and can assist you in cleaning more effectively to safeguard your dental health.

To learn more about how orthodontic treatments generally go for patients or to schedule a consultation, contact our Thornhill Orthodontists today.

Orthodontic Treatment in Thornhill

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