If you’ve never had braces before, you may be a bit nervous on the day of the procedure. You don’t have to worry about anything, but to give you peace of mind, here’s a quick guide on what you should do before you have adult braces installed and a summary of what the process will be like.
Before the procedure
Prior to going in to have your new braces put on, brush your teeth thoroughly and don’t forget to floss. This will help the braces go on smoothly and you won’t have to worry about brushing immediately after the installation.
Have a “Before” picture taken of your smile before heading into the facility. Otherwise, you might not believe how much your teeth will have really changed!
Use a lot of lip balm on your lips once you’re ready to go into the office. Your lips will likely dry out during the installation process, which takes about two hours, so you’ll want to be comfortable.
How braces are installed
The orthodontist or their assistant will dry your teeth and apply an “etchant” on them. This substance prepares the enamel for the bonding material that holds the brackets. The taste isn’t the best, so avoid getting it on your tongue.
The brackets are then placed onto your teeth and a high-intensity plasma light is promptly implemented to the bracket to hasten the bond setting process. An arch wire will be fed through the brackets. Its ends shouldn’t poke your cheek or gums. If you experience such a feeling, tell your orthodontist so they can clip it down.
Small rubber bands called ligating modules are fastened to the brackets to hold the wire in place. This will create a pressure sensation. Overall, the procedure won’t hurt and you won’t need to get any shots either.