It may seem like people who get braces just casually stroll into an orthodontist’s office for an appointment and walk out with a mouth full of small brackets and tiny wires, but looks can be deceiving. There is actually a lot of prep work that is involved in the days, weeks, and even months before a person gets braces.
Discover what type of prep work goes into helping a person physically and mentally prepare to get braces.
Complete All Recommended Dental Work
Sometimes before braces can be put on you will need to schedule an appointment with a general dentist to correct certain problems. Some dental problems such as cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease typically need to be treated before braces can be placed.
In some situations, you may even need to schedule an appointment with a dentist, orthodontist, or oral surgeon to have teeth removed. Removing teeth may be needed to give your mouth enough room to properly fit all your teeth.
Dr. Natalia Valderrama, our orthodontist, will go over any recommended dental work that needs to be done during your consultation. Once the recommended dental work is completed you can move on to the next step of your orthodontic journey.
Enjoy Snacking on Favorite Treats that Can’t be Eaten When Wearing Braces
One of the most frustrating things about wearing braces is there will be a lot of foods and snacks that you won’t be able to eat. It is often recommended that approximately two weeks before your scheduled appointment for braces that you go out and enjoy snacking on all your favorite treats that you will be unable to enjoy later.
Some of the foods that you won’t be able to eat when you are wearing braces include:
- Extremely chewy snacks such as toffee and caramel
- Hard candy
- Crunchy raw vegetables and fruits such as carrots, celery, and apples
- Hard snacks such as crackers
- Ice chips
- Crunchy chips
Once you have had your fill of your favorite foods and snacks, you should probably remove them from your home. They can be extremely tempting. If you give into the temptation and eat them while wearing braces you could damage the brackets and wires.
Create an Orthodontic Kit
We will give our patients a small kit to take home with them filled with all the tools and dental equipment that will be needed to do everything from cleaning your teeth and gums to temporarily fixing any problems that arise with your braces. While these kits are great for short-term use, they don’t have enough items to prepare you for your entire orthodontic journey.
Make sure you are prepared by creating an orthodontic kit before you get braces. Preparing the kit ahead of time will prevent you having to run to the store to purchase a tool or item you need to fix your braces or relieve any discomfort you feel from your braces.
Things to include in your orthodontic kit include:
- Waxed dental floss
- Small dental brushes
- Orthodontic wax
- Over-the-counter pain medication – make sure to speak with your doctor or orthodontist before taking any types of medications
- A card with Dr. Valderrama office’s phone number on it to call in case of an emergency or if you have any questions
Prepare Mentally for Getting Braces by Learning What to Expect
Taking the time to learn about what to expect at your first orthodontic appointment as well as what will happen during the course of your orthodontic treatment can help you mentally prepare.
While every orthodontic patient’s experience will vary, the following are some examples of what to expect during orthodontic treatment:
- The first appointment typically takes about an hour to two hours
- The first appointment includes preparing the teeth, gluing the brackets onto the teeth, and placing the wire
- No pain is involved with getting braces, but you will feel slight pressure
- Feeling uncomfortable for a few days after getting braces is extremely common
- Orthodontic appointments will be scheduled every four to six weeks. These appointments will allow your orthodontist to monitor your progress and make adjustments
- Follow up appointments typically last anywhere from a half hour to an hour
Have questions about how to prepare for braces? Call Valderrama Orthodontics @ 321.425.5050. Our friendly office staff and orthodontist Dr. Natalia Valderrama will do our best to help you prepare for getting braces by answering any of your questions.