My first day having fixed braces!

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Having your first ever braces fitted can be an exciting, but also concerning event as most people don’t really know what to expect. So, if you, your child or any other person close to you will go on this journey soon, make sure you know about the procedure.

What happens when I have my braces fitted?

Getting your braces on will roughly take one hour and a half at Angel Orthodontics in North London, depending on the Fitting braces at Angel Orthodonticscomplexity of your case.

Your orthodontist will firstly thoroughly clean and dry your teeth as oral hygiene is important.

This is followed by the application of the bonding glue to your teeth, with which the brackets (the small metal or ceramic squares) are attached. The glue may not have a great flavour but is harmless.

Lastly, your orthodontist will place the arch wire (the wire that connects the brackets on your teeth) in the brackets and secure it with elastic bands.

 How will I feel afterwards?

Your fixed braces will feel like they are sticking out after you get them on, but after few days as you get used to your First-time-fixed-bracesbraces this sensation will disappear.

There will be mild soreness after the orthodontic wire is engaged into the brackets and attached with a small rubber band. Each person normally gradually adapts to the discomfort associated with the orthodontic tooth movement. Over the counter medicine such as Advil, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen work miracles during your first week, should you experience more severe pain.

You may also have sore places in your mouth where the brackets or wires rub against the insides of your cheeks or lips. The use of orthodontic wax provided by your orthodontist to cover the parts of the braces that are causing pain will help to reduce the soreness.

 What happens next?

After fitting your braces and before you leave our N1 Angel Orthodontics practice, our orthodontist will make sure that:

-The wire ends do not extend into areas which might poke or rub your cheek or tongue.
– You understand what you need to do before your next appointment such as good oral hygiene, correct diet, when and how to wear your elastics if they are needed.
– You have your initial orthodontics pack with all devices needed to keep your dental hygiene on track during your orthodontic treatment.
– You book your next appointment, which is usually within the following 4 to 6 weeks after your brace fitting.

What do I have to do?

For the first few days after you get your braces put on or adjusted, eat soft foods to minimize pain from chewing, and How To Keep My Teeth And Gum Healthy Under Bracesas long as you have braces, you will also want to avoid foods that could damage your brackets or acidic drinks and foods, which will irritate your mouth sores.

The main thing you’ll notice after getting your braces on is that your teeth will start gradually moving into place, which is the reason you’re wearing braces.

Adequate dental hygiene, as suggested by your Angel Orthodontist, is always important for a healthy lifestyle, but it’s especially critical during orthodontic treatment. This is because braces can make it more difficult for you to brush and floss properly.

Most people get used to their braces within a few weeks and may not even notice them.

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