you took the plunge and decided to get braces. What's
usually need to get panoramic x-rays of your mouth, plus a
full set of x-rays of individual teeth.
of your face, teeth, and mouth may also be taken, so look
nice on x-ray day! Those photographs will be part of
your permanent file!
orthodontist will take molds of your teeth. This feels
like a mouthful of silly putty and doesn't last long (30
seconds each). They do the uppers, then the lowers. You
often have your choice of flavor for the putty stuff. It's
no big deal. If you have an easy gag reflex, just try your
best to relax during the process.
orthodontist will review the x-rays and molds, and come up
with a treatment plan.
any treatment begins, your orthodontist should review the
treatment plan with you in a consultation visit. This is
the time to ask all the necessary questions.
the space between certain teeth is very tight, you may
need rubber or metal spacers inserted before the braces go
on. These stay in for about a week and then will be
removed. Spacers are uncomfortable and most people dislike
this part of treatment. However, you can take solace in
the fact that they are usually not in your mouth for
may need to have some teeth extracted. In some cases, this
might happen during your treatment.
should have your teeth professionally cleaned.
you have sensitive teeth, brush with Sensodyne or a
similar toothpaste for at least two weeks to help
desensitize your teeth.
Ask your orthodontist whether
he recommends you whiten your teeth before or after
treatment. Remember, whitening may make your teeth more
sensitive for a period of time!
you have any periodontal problems, these should be taken
care of before you get braces. Cavities should be filled,
excellent oral hygiene to prepare your gums for braces!
Ask the dentist for suggestions!
Have you been taking Fosamax,
Boniva, or another bisphosphonate drug (either orally or
intravenously)? If so, you MUST tell your dentist and
orthodontist before your orthodontic treatment begins! Read
this article to
find out why.
you require jaw surgery, this will might take place
before braces go on. In some cases, jaw surgery takes
place after treatment with braces. It all depends on your
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