Initial Consultation for Phase 2 Treatment (Braces)
At the free consultation we evaluate dental alignment and sometimes take an x-ray to get the whole picture. This helps us determine what types of braces will work best; if extractions are needed; the length of treatment; and a cost estimate, including insurance and financing options.
If it’s time to put on braces, we’ll schedule an appointment to take impressions and more x-rays so we can work from the most accurate information possible when creating your treatment plan. Once the plan is ready we can give you the exact cost of your treatment, and then get started on your new smile!
At your first treatment appointment, we’ll put on your braces. Once they’re on, you’ll notice a few things. They feel a bit strange and are somewhat uncomfortable while your lips get used to them. This doesn’t last very long, but we do have products and suggestions to help if it continues to be a problem.
Proper dental care with orthodontics takes only a little extra effort, but it will be well worth it. Brushing often can speed up your treatment time and will prevent plaque from making marks on your teeth. All the brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. Plaque is sticky and made up of food and bacteria. When plaque attaches your braces and teeth, it causes cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and can even permanently stain your teeth around where your brackets used to be.
The average time between regular appointments is between 4 to 6 weeks. After some appointments your teeth will be sensitive for a few days, but many times you’ll have no discomfort at all! If your teeth bother you, take a mild pain reliever and be sure to eat soft foods.
Once your braces are off there is still one more important step. We will make another cast of your perfectly straight teeth and create a retainer. You’ll wear this to make sure your teeth don’t try to move back to where they were.