Starting your journey toward a healthier, straighter smile is an exciting one. Regardless of your age, orthodontic treatment can give you a boost in self-confidence and the urge to finally show off a smile that you can feel proud of. If you’re an adult, there’s a good chance that you’ve waited for this day for a very long time.
Your very first step to wearing braces is scheduling a consultation. During this visit, your orthodontist will order a series of X-rays and then assess how your teeth and jaws align against one another.
As you discuss your treatment goals, your orthodontist will review his or her recommendations as far as the type of braces that you’re a candidate for, as well as approximately how long the treatment will take. You’ll also be presented with a few different payment options to find the one that fits your budget.
Today is the day! Your orthodontist will fit you with clear aligners or bond your brackets and wires into place (depending on the treatment you choose.) Be sure to follow your recommended home care instructions so that you get the best results possible.
About every six weeks, you’ll need to stop by your orthodontist’s office to have your braces adjusted or your aligners changed out. These intermittent visits give your provider a chance to see if things are progressing properly, and make adjustments when necessary.
Once your teeth have aligned properly, your dentist will remove your brackets and fit you with a retainer. Wear your retainer as directed, to prevent relapse (teeth moving back into their previous position.)
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