The first thing you should do to prepare for your initial exam is to learn more about orthodontics and understand your options. Start by visiting our website and familiarizing yourself with the different types of braces and how they may or may not work for you. With a few things in mind you can be totally confident and prepared for your initial exam.
Things to Know:
- Before getting braces, visit your family dentist for a cleaning and check-up. Visits to your dentist should continue at least every six months for the duration of orthodontic treatment. If you typically take an antibiotic before regular dental visits, make sure to notify our office. We will advise you if pre-medication is recommended before your appointment to place braces. In addition, let us know of any allergies you have.
- You won’t need to do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for the day your braces will be placed. The only thing we ask is that you brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before your appointment.
- Braces are applied using a special adhesive that is applied to each tooth and the bracket is added on top of the adhesive. After all of the brackets have been placed and the adhesive has been cured, Dr. Kelly will thread the orthodontic wire through the slots in the brackets. At the end of the appointment, a team member will explain how to brush and floss with braces, review what foods to avoid, and what to do if you experience any difficulties with your braces.
- The time it takes to apply braces is approximately 90-120 minutes.
- You can expect some mild discomfort for the first few days after having your braces applied. This is temporary and can be relieved by rinsing with warm salt water or by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If any other questions arise after your initial exam, don’t be afraid to ask. The Kelly Orthodontics team is here to help you throughout your entire process.