How Are Braces Put On?

How Are Braces Put On?
Posted on 10/15/2020

Quality Orthodontic Care and Braces in Paris, TN

McClain Orthodontics offers expert family orthodontic care in Paris, TN. Dr. Michael McClain and our friendly team help patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. Since our office provides a variety of braces to fit your specific treatment needs, we want to educate our patients about how braces are put on.

Step 1: Consultation

Many people consider getting braces at any point in their life, from early to adult orthodontic treatment, and most commonly among teens. Understanding how traditional metal or ceramic braces are applied is fairly straightforward. Usually after being referred by your dentist, you’ll first begin by meeting with your orthodontist and our team will work with you to determine your specific treatment plan. You will have photographs and X-Rays taken, and then discuss the best type of braces for you.

Step 2: Getting Your Braces Put On

The entire process usually only takes about 1–2 hours, but varies depending on your specific needs and the type of braces you’re getting. Beyond your initial consultation, this is a great opportunity to ask any questions—one of the most common questions we get from patients is if getting braces hurts, and the answer is no. You’ll most likely feel some pressure during application and you may experience some sensitivity in your mouth over the next week as you get used to your new braces.

What to Expect with Traditional Metal or Ceramic Braces

If you have crowded back teeth, the orthodontist will likely place rubber bands or spacers between your teeth the week prior in order to create adequate space. You will have a thorough cleaning before getting braces placed. Brackets hold brace wires in position—bonding cement glue will be applied to the center of every tooth and set with a blue light, then the brackets will then be set on the center of the tooth. Metallic bands are put on the back molars to hold the brackets—glue is applied to the bands, set with a blue light, and bands then placed on the molars. Arch wires are then connected to the brackets, and a small rubber band (in the color of your choice) is wound around each bracket to attach the wire in position. The final step is cutting the arch wire ends to prevent gum or mouth irritation. Always inform your orthodontist of any discomfort, and we will attempt to make any adjustments so you feel more comfortable.

What to Expect with Invisible Braces

With clear aligners like Invisalign, the process of how braces are put on is different in that it does not require bands or wires. The orthodontist will first make an impression of your teeth on the first visit, to ensure a perfect fit. Then, you’ll get fitted with your custom aligners, the orthodontist will make any required adjustments, and you’ll be instructed on how to wear and care for your aligners during treatment.

What to Expect After Getting Braces

As mentioned, it is common to experience a feeling of discomfort after the process is complete, and you’ll likely experience more noticeable pain when eating. In the first few days, we recommend eating soft foods. Some patients may experience headaches or more severe mouth soreness where the brackets or wires touch the inside cheek, so please take over the counter pain reliever if you need it, but this should subside after the first few weeks. With all types of braces, we always recommend avoiding hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that can cause damage, as well as extra attention in your regular oral hygiene routine to keep your teeth healthy and avoid common problems. You'll have regular checkup appointments about every 6 weeks, and the entire braces treatment process generally takes between 18-24 months for most patients.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Paris Orthodontist Today!

If you would like to know more about how braces are put on or about specific braces options we offer, please contact us today! You can schedule an appointment by calling us directly at (731) 644-9311 or request a consultation with our easy online form. At McClain Orthodontics, we can’t wait to help you get started on your journey towards a healthy new smile!