Steps in Fixed Braces Treatment
We will take X-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth for plaster study. Your orthodontist will use this to plan your treatment. If necessary, permanent teeth may need to be removed when they are crowded and there is not enough space in the jaw for all of them. The extractions are done just before or just after the fitting of your braces.
We will run through your treatment plan and which braces are most suitable for your condition. Before braces are fitted, separators (small plastic ‘doughnuts’) are placed between your molars for a week to create spaces for the molar bands.
Third and Fourth Visits:
Bands are cemented, and brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth.
Subsequent Visits: (Every 4 to 8 weeks)
Adjustments are made to your braces by replacing the metal wire to further adjust your teeth, adding springs, elastics or other accessories needed.
NOTE: Accessories are necessary to make your braces work. Elastics are often used to get your upper and lower teeth to bite together properly. Face masks, headgear or biteplates are sometimes used with fixed braces. It is very important to use all accessories exactly as you have been told. If not, the treatment may not be effective and may in some cases make the condition worse.
When treatment is completed, your fixed braces will be taken off at a removal appointment, followed by removal of the cement. Your teeth will also get a thorough polish. Moulds of your teeth in their new position will be taken to make retainers. After your braces are removed, you will need to use retainers to hold your teeth in their new positions for the next few years.