The first steps in getting orthodontic braces

“Dr. Huq, what are the first steps in getting orthodontic braces?”

“Dr. Huq, what usually happens during an initial orthodontic exam?”

In order to determine your specific needs, an orthodontist will completely evaluate your mouth. This will likely include:

Impressions of your teeth, from which models

are made (these are useful for the

orthodontist, and will remind you exactly how

your teeth looked before correction).

Photographs of your teeth, face, and smile

X-rays of your head and teeth

Your medical health history and dental health history

The doctor will then carefully evaluate your specific needs and provide you with a treatment plan for correction.  Following the recommended plan is important for proper correction.

“What are spacers, Dr. Huq?”

Teeth normally fit tightly against one another.  Spacers are inserted before placement of your braces to provide some space between teeth for attaching the bands. There are two types of spacers, small springs or plastic modules.  In just a few days they gently move desired teeth slightly apart.

Spacers often cause some soreness, but this goes away in a few days.  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to relieve the irritation.  Your normal chewing also helps to get your mouth feeling better.

“What do I do if a spacer comes out?”

Call your doctor immediately for a replacement.  That little spacer is making just enough room for a comfortable fit for your braces and plays an important role.

For more information about how we at Access Dental can help you with dental braces, call us at 770 732-9222, we will be happy to talk with you.