While each of our patients is unique, the process of getting braces is much the same for everyone. Here our Coquitlam orthodontists guide you step-by-step through the process of getting braces put on.
Book Your First Orthodontist Appointment
In most cases it is your family dentist who will refer you to an orthodontist for treatment. Nonetheless, it's perfectly fine to go ahead and set up an orthodontist appointment on your own without a referral. Simply find an orthodontist in your neighbourhood, or ask friends and family for their recommendations, then call the orthodontic office to book your initial consultation.
At Coquitlam Family Orthodontics, our team of caring, multi-lingual dental professionals provide personalized orthodontic care to the Coquitlam community. When you visit our practice you'll experience a comfortable, modern office environment, offering the latest in clinical techniques. If you live in the Coquitlam area and would like to speak to one of our dental professionals about choosing the best orthodontic treatment method for your smile, please give us a call at (604) 949-0654.
The first appointment you have with your new orthodontist will be a consultation to determine your orthodontic needs. The appointment gives your orthodontist the opportunity to closely examine your teeth and take x-rays to determine the best treatment option for your smile. In some cases the orthodontist will also take impressions of your teeth, and begin planning your treatment.
Developing Your Treatment Plan
Next, your orthodontist will create a personalized treatment plan to meet the unique needs of your smile, and to set out a roadmap for your orthodontic treatment. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs, with the goal of achieving the best possible results. Using the impressions taken at a previous appointment, braces will be created specifically for your smile.
Your New Orthodontic Treatment
Your appointment to have your braces put on, is an exciting time! At the start of the appointment, your teeth will be cleaned and conditioned in preparation for the brackets. Next your teeth will be primed, and the brackets will be cemented to the teeth as per your personalized treatment plan. Then, once the brackets are firmly in place, the wire will be added into the brackets and the doors will be closed to hold the wire firmly in position.
Learning to Care for Your Teeth & Braces
Taking proper care of you braces is an essential element of keeping your orthodontic treatment on track. Which is why, once your braces have been placed your orthodontist will take the time to explain the basics of bracket care, how to clean your teeth thoroughly, and which toothpaste to use. Your orthodontist may also provide you with small spindle brushes which can be used to clean between the wire and your teeth. These small brushes can help you to remove food particles and bacteria from around the wire and brackets.
Your first adjustment appointment will usually be scheduled for between 3 to 4 weeks after getting your new braces put on. At each adjustment appointment your orthodontist will change out your wire. The new wire will be slightly stronger, or perhaps have a different configuration than the previous wire, which helps to move your teeth to their corrected positions.
Throughout your orthodontic treatment with braces, it is extra important to stay on top of your regular cleanings and checkups with your family dentist. Braces can make it difficult to properly clean all areas of your teeth, but dental professionals are trained in how to clean around the brackets and can help you to keep your teeth and gums heathy while you straighten your teeth.