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What To Expect At Your Banding Appointment
The big day has arrived! Don’t be nervous. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of what to expect at your first braces appointment.
- Banding appointments typically last from 60-90 minutes depending on your treatment.
TRACKING YOUR TREATMENT PROGRESS
Diagnostic records aid Dr. Shaver in tracking the treatment progress as tooth movement occurs, and are required by law. At your initial consultation, digital x-rays and facial photos were taken and will be used as part of your diagnostic records. In addition, a 3-D scan of your teeth is needed to complete your diagnostic records and will be performed on the day you get your braces. This scan typically takes only 10 minutes and will be done prior to putting the braces on. There is no discomfort associated with a scan; simply open your mouth as the wand moves over and around your teeth producing a 3D image of your teeth.
PUTTING BRACES ON
Brackets & Wires
- Placement of retractors allow easy access to all areas of your mouth as we prepare your teeth and put the actual braces on. The majority of your time spent in the chair will be in retractors; generally 30-60 minutes.
- Prepare your teeth for banding by polishing them with a non-flavored paste (this is similar to a dental polish after a cleaning).
- A special bonding adhesive designed not to harm the enamel of the teeth is used to affix the brackets to your teeth.
YOUR BRACES ARE ON! WHAT'S NEXT?
Placement of Wires
Special bonding adhesive designed not to harm the enamel of the teeth. Dr. Shaver will place each bracket and a curing light is used to complete the bonding stage. This usually takes about 30 minutes to complete this stage.
- Instruction on wearing elastics, if needed.
- Brushing with braces is more time consuming than without braces but good oral hygiene is critical to the successful progress of your treatment. Instruction on how to brush and floss with braces and review of foods to avoid to prevent broken brackets or bent wires.
- Any questions? Simply ask.
- Schedule your next appointment. We want to see you again in 6-8 weeks.
You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed. Depending on the type of braces you have, you may experience soreness from 3-7 days after you get your braces on. Eat soft foods during this iintial period and apply a hot compress to your jaw to alleviate discomfort. You will be able to go back to school or work immediately after your appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns about your new braces, simply give us a call.