Do orthodontists clean teeth before braces?

Highlands Ranch Orthodontists

If you have decided that you or your child needs braces then you may have a lot of questions. Whether it is you or your child in the chair, there options and we are here to help you feel mentally prepared to take this step. We will help you to learn all you need to know about putting the mon, and how the procedure goes. We will even teach you about your orthodontist will clean your teeth before you get braces.

All About Braces

Before getting braces you will need to understand what braces are and how they affect your teeth. Braces have three parts:

  1. Brackets: Attached to the teeth and have slots on each side
  2. Wires: Threaded through the slots in the brackets
  3. Little rubber bands that hold the wires to the brackets

You may also need metal bands around your back teeth, but you can also customize your braces so that they reflect your personal style, or are more hidden.

The Process

First, your orthodontist will call you in, to create the impression of your teeth, as well as soft tissue to make your braces. Another thing to remember to do before the day of getting your braces is to obtain a cleaning. Your teeth must be very clean in order to ensure that your braces are properly attached to your teeth. You should also floss and brush beforehand as well. Then your orthodontist will clean your teeth with a polishing paste before affixing the braces.

The procedure itself should take about 90-120 minutes. You will have a retractor placed into your mouth as well to keep it as dry as possible. Then adhesive will be placed onto your teeth and the brackets will be attached. Finally, a wire will be threaded through and held with a small rubber band.

You Might be a Bit Uncomfortable

After you complete your procedure, your teeth may be somewhat sensitive. This is normal, and your mouth may even be sore. Try to eat soft foods such as applesauce, pudding, bananas, and potatoes. If it is extremely painful then you can take over-the-counter pain medications as needed. If you are experiencing extreme pain, then you should consult your doctor.

Braces and Oral Care

When you have questions, your orthodontist is the best person to speak with. Be sure to attend regular checkups so you can keep track of your progress. You will also want to make sure that you are brushing and flossing very well, or even using a water pick to get rid of food particles between the braces. Be sure to avoid sticky foods.

Getting braces can cause some fear, but if you prepare accordingly, you should feel comfortable about the procedure. Come into Highlands Ranch Orthodontist for your braces today!

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