Getting Braces Put On
Braces is the most common treatment provided to patients who have orthodontic needs. Braces involves treatment that makes use of brackets (boxes with slits or slots), archwires that may be curved to follow the shape of the arch/jaw and metal or rubber ligatures that hold the wires and the brackets together to allow them to initiate movement. On their own they serve no purpose, but when brought together they are able to do amazing things; the braces can move teeth into their proper places so that the patient may enjoy a beautiful smile. So, what about getting braces put on and how are they put on?
Getting Your Braces On
The Day Before getting your braces put on: Days before you get your braces on, it is normal for you to have all kinds of feelings about it. Some people are excited that they cannot sleep and cannot stop thinking about it; while some people will be quite frightened and quite anxious about the coming painful experience. This is what you have to remember: having braces on your teeth will surely be a big change and that would make eating, speaking and smiling a little more difficult. Days before, apart from mentally, emotionally and physically preparing yourself, you will need to also enjoy your last great meal because you may not get to eat tough meats, chips, sticky foods and so forth. It may also be smart for you to take as many pictures of your smile, too, because your smile will have braces on for quite some time and you might miss it.
On the Day: On the day that you will be having your braces on, expect a lot of things but mostly it will all be about going into the dental office and then coming out at the end of the day with braces on your teeth. The braces are attached using a bonding and adhesive. The mouth will be opened using a cheek retractor, and every single bracket will be attached, etching the tooth first to open the pores of the teeth and then sticking the brackets carefully with bonding and adhesive. Dosing with pain killer and having a god meal should be important an hour before your appointment, because you may immediately feel the pressure as soon as the brackets and wires are attached. It is advised for newbies to start with soft foods first, at least until they get used to eating with their braces on. Maintain a soft diet during first few weeks to about a month, so that you can get more used to your braces being on your teeth, first.
The Days After: To some patients there usually is no difference between the first day and the next days, but to some either it will either be worse in terms of pain or it may be better so that he can go on and have no problems about it. Dealing with the pain will be best done with pain killers, or even desensitizing mouthwash and pastes.
Undergoing orthodontic treatment is a big commitment and that is one thing that patients have to understand before making a decision to get braces. The brackets are individual components merely attached onto the teeth with a bonding agent and they can easily be dislodged unless they are properly taken cared of. If you want for your treatment to progress properly, avoid dislodgements by always remember that you have brackets and wires on your teeth, especially when you choose the type of food to have when you are having your meals. Otherwise, what you will experience is frequent visits to the dentist for the reattachment of brackets.