Congratulations! You are just one step away from a better smile. Getting dental braces as part of the dental braces treatment plan may be a big deal for some, but it is undoubtedly easier than many believe it to be. The best part is that knowing what exactly will happen when you sit down at the chair at the orthodontist’s office can make the entire process less intimidating for you.
Dental braces are wire-based appliances that are ideal to align lower and upper jaws, alleviate pressure on temporomandibular joints, straighten crooked teeth, and improve the aesthetics of your face and smile. They are also useful to keep good dental health in the long run by reducing the bite pressure across all your teeth. Dental braces are recommended by dentists and orthodontists to treat crooked or overcrowded teeth, overbite, underbite, overjet, and too much or not enough spacing between your teeth.
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- Procedure for Dental Braces
- How are Braces removed?
- Why are Retainers recommended after Braces Removal?
- Are there any side effects after Braces removal?
1. Procedure For Dental Braces
Your orthodontist has recommended dental braces treatment to you. So, what next? It is important for you to gain a clear and complete understanding of the dental braces procedure step by step so that you make an informed decision.
You may book a consultation with the orthodontist before the first official dental brace appointment. The orthodontist will ask you to bring x-rays from the dentist and then proceed to evaluate your teeth before making a dental treatment recommendation. During this round of consultation, you should ask all your questions such as the type of dental braces retainer to be selected, the type of dental braces (metal braces, ceramic braces, invisible braces/aligners, and lingual braces) the benefits of braces for teeth gap, dental braces treatment cost, and everything about the dental braces treatment and dental braces removal procedures.
It is time to visit the dentist and get your teeth professionally cleaned. The orthodontist may have recommended you to take care of any existing dental issues such as tooth restoration, tooth extraction or periodontal problems before braces.
The orthodontist’s support staff will take x-rays of your entire mouth as well as of the individual teeth. Photographs of your mouth, teeth, and face may also be taken. Spacers may be inserted by the support staff if the spacing is too tight between any of the patient’s teeth to prepare the mouth for dental braces.
Getting Your Braces:
It is important to brush and floss thoroughly before you put your braces on. The procedure for placing the dental braces may last for an hour or two, so you may listen to your favourite music during this time to help pass the time. The orthodontist’s support staff will administer typical anesthesia so you don’t feel any pain or discomfort.
The orthodontist will start the dental braces procedure by inserting a suction tube to keep the mouth dry. This will also help in keeping the tongue in place. Thereafter, the orthodontist will dry your teeth and then apply an etchant so that the surface of the tooth is made conducive to bonding. Then, the brackets will be placed by the orthodontist on the teeth using a special adhesive. This will help in keeping the braces in the right place throughout the procedure. A curing light will then be used for hardening the adhesive and setting the bond. Lastly, the archwire will be placed through the brackets and it will be held in place through ligature bands.
After the dental braces are placed, you will be asked to follow up on a regular basis, until the treatment is completed. Usually, it takes 6 months to 1 year to achieve the desired results followed by dental braces removal.
2. How Are Braces Removed?
What is the procedure for dental braces removal? The orthodontist will deform the base of the brackets through pliers as part of the dental braces removal procedure by gently squeezing them.
Since, there may be some adhesive residue left behind on the teeth’s surface after the removal of brackets. This will be cleaned using a special instrument and the procedure may take 5-10 minutes. After the braces have been removed, the gum tissue may experience slight inflammation but it will subside on its own after good brushing as well as flossing for a few days.
The orthodontist will recommend a retainer to be used for a while to hold teeth in their new positions after the dental braces removal procedure. After the dental braces removal, an impression will be taken to make the retainers that fit in well.
3. Why Are Retainers Recommended After Braces Removal?
After the dental braces removal procedure, the orthodontist may recommend retainers as part of the dental braces treatment.
Retainers are recommended by orthodontists for countless reasons. This includes:
- Keeping teeth in perfect shape
- Preventing heavy breathing and snoring
- Improving chewing and eating habits
- Helps in avoiding “new” pressure on the dental structures
- Prevents formation of cavities
- Reduces the accumulation of plaque
- Acts as an night guard for those clench their teeth
4. Are There Any Side Effects After Braces Removal?
In rare cases, patients may experience mild side effects such as sensitivity, soreness, pain, discomfort,calculus accumulation, and tenderness. However, these side effects generally subside on their own or can be prevented if treated in the first place itself with anti-inflammatory medications, and pain-relieving drugs.
The good news is that the recent advancements in dentistry have led to innovation of new techniques to get rid of the aforementioned side effects. The most popular amongst them is aligners braces, also known as invisalign braces. Contact the Ministry of Smile to know what are invisalign braces or what is aligners cost, or any other queries.
Call Ministry Of Smile now to access the best dental braces treatment and find out how our innovative and successful dental braces treatment procedures have helped thousands of patients reclaim their smiles.
Our team of experienced dentists and orthodontists will be happy to clear all your doubts and queries related to the dental braces treatment procedure. At the Ministry of Smile, you will get the best dental braces treatment from some of the most experienced orthodontists at affordable prices, who can make the treatment as well as braces removal a smooth process.