While the braces process will vary to some degree depending on the complexity of the case, the type of braces you choose, and other details of your orthodontic treatment, most cases will follow the general steps below:
STEP 1 Free Consultation*
During your free consultation, a Dentist will talk to you about your main areas of concern and perform a comprehensive clinical assessment to determine your orthodontic treatment needs. A large part of this consultation allows us to discuss the various orthodontic treatment options that are most suitable for you and allows you to have any questions you may have about each treatment as it relates to your needs. We will talk to you about specific areas related to your individual situation after carefully reviewing the diagnostic records. We feel it is important to study the specific needs of each patient, as in-depth design leads to the best outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. We will also cover health fund benefits and payment options with you at this time.
STEP 2 Ready for Treatment after Consultation
This is when you have finally decided to go ahead with the treatment, Dentist will take various pictures and will create a customized treatment plan for you based on your needs and treatment goals.
STEP 3 Pre-Treatment
If you need any general dental work done for eg fillings/root canals etc, it will need to be completed prior to starting orthodontic treatment. This will also be determined during your initial consultation.
STEP 4 Banding Appointment
Time to get your braces on! Your appointment lasts about 1 hour. It may take a while for your braces, but it won’t hurt. After cleaning and positioning the surface of your teeth, a dentist will place the hooks on each individual tooth with a dental device and after that the wires and elastic bands will be inserted. A dentist will then guide you on how to take proper care of your braces and keep your teeth clean during treatment. You may get a little sore after you put your sled on, but this should go down within a few days to a week. You can take OTC pain relief to reduce any discomfort during this initial stage.
STEP 5 Adjustments
You will need to visit the office every 4-8 weeks for an adjustment. During these visits (which are much faster than the initial banding appointment), Dentist will assess your progress and make adjustments as needed which can range from changing elastic bands or wires.
STEP 6 Debanding Appointment
Woo-hoo! Debanding time! After several months or even years of wearing braces, the big day to have them removed has finally arrived!
Getting your braces removed is easy and comfortable. The appointment will last between 60-90 minutes and will include removing your braces, taking a final set of orthodontic impressions, giving you your new retainer(s), and instructions for retainer wear and caring for your new smile.
STEP 7 Retention
The retention phase is the final and longest phase of your orthodontic journey. While retainer wear is graduated (becomes less over time), it is important to continue to wear your retainer indefinitely to prevent your teeth from shifting back out of alignment.
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