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What to Expect When Getting Braces: A Guide For Patients

If you’re considering braces, you may wonder what the process entails. At Aloha Orthodontics, we understand that the idea of braces or orthodontics in general may be slightly intimidating. That’s why we’re here to help you through the entire process and answer any questions.

In this guide, we’ll offer a guide for patients on what to expect when getting braces so you can make the best decision for your smile.

Different Types of Braces

Regarding braces, several different types are available depending on your needs and the severity of your case. Here is an overview of the most common braces:

Clear Braces: They are popular for those looking more discreet than traditional metal braces. They feature a ceramic material that is less noticeable than metal and provides greater comfort.

Gold Braces: They are an excellent choice for those who prefer a more unique and grandiose look. They offer durability and strength and provide a pop of style in contrast to your teeth.

Traditional Metal Braces: They are the most common type of braces and are what people usually think of when they think “orthodontics”. They consist of brackets attached to each tooth, connected by wires, and held together with elastics.

The Process of Getting Braces:

Before getting braces, you must have an initial consultation with your orthodontist. During this consultation, your orthodontist will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for braces or orthodontic treatment.

If you are deemed to be a good candidate, your orthodontist can discuss the treatments available and make recommendations based on your needs.

Once you have decided on the type of treatment that you would like, your orthodontist will take impressions or images of your teeth. These will be used by your orthodontist to create a custom treatment plan built just for you.

Your orthodontist may also take x-rays of your mouth and teeth to understand your oral health needs better. The next step in getting braces is the actual placement of the braces themselves.

Your orthodontist applies a bracket to each tooth during this appointment, and the archwire will be connected to the brackets.

After the braces are placed, your orthodontist will ensure that they fit properly and that nothing is poking out or uncomfortable.

Finally, it is important to note that getting braces requires a commitment to regular visits with your orthodontist. During these appointments, your orthodontist will adjust the braces as needed and ensure your treatment progresses correctly.

What To Expect Before, During, and After Treatment.

Before Treatment: Before getting braces, you will likely have an appointment with your orthodontist to discuss your treatment options and goals. During this visit, your orthodontist will examine your teeth and mouth and may take X-rays to assess your bite.

After the examination, you will decide which braces are best for you among clear, gold, and traditional. Your orthodontist may also make impressions of your teeth to create customized brackets for your braces.

During treatment: You must visit the orthodontist for regular adjustments, usually about once a month. During these appointments, your orthodontist will tighten the wires on your braces to move your teeth into the desired position.

You will also receive instructions on proper oral hygiene and be asked to change your diet while wearing braces. You may also get rubber bands or headgear as part of your treatment.

After Treatment: After removing braces, you will receive a retainer to help maintain the new position of your teeth. Follow-up visits with your orthodontist are key to monitoring your treatment progress.

Additionally, you may need to wear a retainer at night to prevent your teeth from shifting back into their old positions. With proper care and maintenance, your new smile should last for years.

Final Thoughts

At Aloha Orthodontics in Las Vegas, we strive to provide our patients with the best possible experience when it comes to braces. Our team commits to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Contact us today if you want to learn more about different types of braces, what to expect before, during, and after treatment, and any other questions you may have.


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