Traditional braces help straighten your teeth and perfect your smile over the course of one to three years depending on several factors such as: age, treatment method, and how severe your case may be. While that may sound like a long time, the results speak for themselves. Having the confidence of a beautiful smile can be a life changing experience. At Exeter Orthodontics, we are dedicated to making sure you feel comfortable and confident throughout your whole procedure.
1. CONSULTATION & APPLIANCE PLACEMENT
During your initial visit, your Orthodontist will work with you to make sure that you understand the different treatment options for perfecting your smile as well as the approximate time that it will take to get there. We will take x-rays and photos so that we can plan your care in a way that is comfortable to you.
Traditional braces are bonded to the teeth so that they can gently begin to realign teeth. When you leave the office after your braces are placed, you may have some mild to moderate discomfort as your mouth adjusts to them.
You will not have to worry about the old days when braces were metal bands and brackets placed around each tooth. You now have the option of clear brackets with wires that are less noticeable. Just because you are paying a low price, does not mean that you have to walk around with excessively large braces.
As your teeth begin to align themselves, your braces will need adjusting in order to make sure that they continue to align in the correct fashion. Adjustments can cause some mild discomfort, but they happen pretty quickly. The best thing about adjustments is that it means that your braces are working and your teeth are straightening. Your Orthodontist will work with you to make sure that you schedule adjustment appointments on a regular basis. It is important to adhere to the adjustment schedule that your Orthodontist provides so that you do not need your braces for any longer than you have to have them.
3. REMOVAL & RETENTION
Nearing the end of your treatment, the braces will be removed from your teeth and you will get that first glimpse of your smile in the mirror. This is our favorite part of the whole procedure. The smiles are bright and patients realize that all of the time with braces was totally worth it.
Removal of your braces does not mean that you are totally complete. Your Orthodontist will need to fit you for a retainer to make sure that your teeth do not revert back to their previous positioning. Retainers do not need to be in your mouth all of the time. Your Orthodontist will provide more details on how to make sure that your teeth remain straight and your smile brilliant.