Need Braces? Here’s What to Expect

Getting braces is a big step towards achieving a straighter, healthier smile. However, the process can feel overwhelming if you’re unsure of what to expect. From the initial consultation to the day your braces are removed, there are several stages involved in orthodontic treatment. Your Fioritto dentist will explain the process and put your mind at ease—but in the meantime, here’s a quick guide to what to expect from your new dental appliances.

  • Initial consultation: The first step in getting braces is scheduling an initial consultation with your Fioritto dentist. During this appointment, we will evaluate your teeth, bite, and jaw alignment to determine if braces are the right treatment option for you. We’ll also discuss your treatment goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Making a plan: If braces are the best option, we will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan will outline the type of braces recommended, the estimated duration of treatment and any additional procedures that may be necessary.
  • Placement: The next step is the placement of your braces. During this appointment, we will clean and dry your teeth. Then we will attach the brackets to the surface of each tooth using a special dental adhesive. Once the brackets are in place, special wires are threaded through them and secured with small elastic bands or wire ligatures.
  • Adjustment period: Your teeth may feel different as they begin to shift into their new positions. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate any discomfort, and soft foods can make chewing more comfortable during this adjustment period.
  • Routine adjustments: While you have braces, you’ll visit us regularly for adjustments. During these appointments, we will tighten the wires or replace them with thicker ones to continue guiding your teeth into alignment.
  • At-home care: Good oral hygiene is essential when you have braces to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues—but your routine changes when you have braces. We will provide instructions on how to brush and floss effectively. We may also recommend additional tools, such as interdental brushes or water flossers, to make it easier to keep your teeth clean.
  • Dietary restrictions: While you have braces, it’s important to avoid certain foods that could damage or dislodge your braces. Avoid hard candies, popcorn, nuts and sticky or chewy foods, and bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice. This will help prevent emergencies and keep your treatment on track.
  • Removal: After your recommended period wearing braces, the day will finally come when it’s time to have them removed. The removal process is quick and easy. Your Fioritto dentist will carefully detach the brackets from your teeth before polishing away any adhesive residue. Then we’ll fit you for retainers, to maintain your newly straightened smile.

Getting braces requires patience, commitment and dedication to proper oral hygiene—but the results are worth it. If you or a loved one are interested in learning whether braces are a good treatment option, schedule an appointment with your Fioritto dentist today!