Find Out Everything You Need to Know Before Getting Braces
By Corley Family Dental
December 15, 2014
While it would be wonderful to have perfectly straight teeth unfortunately, most people just aren’t that lucky. From overcrowding to dental gaps to crooked teeth, there are several reasons you may not have that ideal smile. However, orthodontics has been successfully improving smiles of all ages. If you’ve been contemplating how braces could help you, here is what to expect if you decide to get orthodontics in Decatur:
When you come in for your initial consultation, your Decatur orthodontist will examine your teeth and also perform X-rays so we can figure out what dental problems we are working to fix with braces. Depending on what you’re looking to have corrected, we may recommend traditional braces, clear braces or Invisalign. If you have any questions about wearing braces, now is the perfect time to get your questions answered.
For those getting Invisalign, we will also take impressions of your smile to send to a lab for fabrication.
Getting Your Braces
The process of getting your braces will be different depending on the type of orthodontic treatment you are getting. For those with traditional braces, we will glue each bracket onto your teeth. This process might seem a bit long, but it won’t hurt.
For those getting Invisalign, we will have you put on the first set of clear aligners in your treatment series to see that everything fits properly and feels comfortable.
The Treatment Process
Again, the treatment process will be different depending on the type of braces you opt for; however, patients typically come back every eight to ten weeks for adjustments. This means adjusting and changing out the dental wires, as well as the bracket bands. Adjustments can make mouths a bit sore. If you experience any discomfort, opt for a softer diet filled with applesauce and soups the day of your appointment.
You will also need to keep up with your beautiful smile and not let hygiene fall by the wayside. Even though you are wearing braces, you still need to make sure that your smile remains clean. A Water Pik can be great for removing food and other debris from hard-to-reach spots. Those with Invisalign will not have any dietary or oral care restrictions since these aligners can be removed.
Call Corley Family Dental Today!
Everyone’s treatment process is a bit different, so if you have any questions feel free to always call your Decatur dentist right away. If you think orthodontics could give you the straighter smile you crave, then set up a consultation with Corley Family Dental to discuss which braces are right for you and your dental needs.
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