- Clean and dry the patient’s teeth
- Bond the brackets to the front teeth with bonding glue
- Place the archwire in the brackets, securing it with elastic bands
Does your child have an overbite or overcrowded teeth? Likely, your child needs to schedule an appointment to get braces. How long does it take to get dental braces put on? What should you expect?
In most cases, the entire procedure will take between one and two hours. However, certain factors can influence the amount of time it takes, including the type of braces your child is getting and the severity of their alignment issues.
We explain the process, what you should do before and after and what to expect in follow-up appointments. Read on for more tips on getting braces and finding an orthodontist in your area.
Educating yourself about braces before your child’s orthodontist appointment will give you a better idea of what to expect going into it.
When going to your child’s orthodontist appointment, know the type of braces your child wants. This should be discussed with your orthodontist in advance, but because the pricing varies for each type, you may consider one type over the other.
There are several types of braces to choose from, including:
In advance of getting braces put on, you will likely have more than one visit with your orthodontist to discuss options, agree on a dental plan and prepare for the actual process of getting the braces. Here’s what you can expect in the weeks or months leading up to the dental procedure for traditional braces or ceramic braces:
When separators are in, the child should avoid cold drinks and cold foods like ice cream or popsicles. They may cause the surrounding gums to swell and could easily irritate the child. However, they should not be picked at or removed. The child should continue brushing their teeth as normal, but they should not floss.
On the day of the actual procedure for putting on braces, the child should thoroughly clean their teeth. How long does it take to get braces put on? It could take up to two hours.
The patient should expect an unpleasant taste from the glue and the metal. Getting the braces cemented in will feel uncomfortable and following the appointment, patients should expect additional discomfort.
Your child’s teeth and mouth may be sore right after getting braces. This discomfort typically lasts between one to two weeks. Getting use to the braces, however, could take a little longer, so patients should expect to feel strange for a few weeks.
In the first few weeks or months, you may notice the following, which is completely normal:
In most cases, your child will only have to wear braces for one to two years. Talk to your child’s orthodontist to get a better estimate for how long your child will need to wear braces.
In follow-up treatments, you can expect the wires to be replaced and tightened, which will likely cause soreness again. When this happens, you can use the tips included above.
Rubber bands may be added to your routine. If so, you will be expected to put them on throughout your day and remove them when eating or performing oral care. You should not double up your rubber bands. This will not speed up the treatment. Your orthodontist may also require you to wear headgear, which is secured onto your braces.
At the end of your child’s treatment, they will have a new found confidence and a bright new smile to last a lifetime.
To ensure that braces do what they are intended to do, without causing oral health concerns, we highly recommend staying on top of your dental care and your follow-up dental appointments. Getting braces removed is an exciting thing, especially if a child wears them for two years, but how long does the process of removal take?
Removing braces will take about an hour. Here’s what you can expect during this dental appointment:
Some orthodontists recommend nightly retainers and some orthodontists recommend that patients wear a permanent retainer, which is cemented against the back of the teeth on the top, bottom or both, depending on the patient. These are not visible and do not need to be removed, unless your dentist suggests otherwise.
Like braces, you will get used to wearing the permanent retainer, and you should take special care to brush and clean in between the metal and your teeth.
Kool Smiles is a network of dental practices located throughout the United States. We have in-house orthodontists in many locations, and we offer no-cost braces consultations to determine the treatment option that best suits your child’s needs.
Because braces and orthodontic treatment can be expensive, we offer reasonable payment plans, so you can get your child the quality oral care they need. Kool Smiles accepts CareCredit and most major insurance providers, including Medicaid, SCHIP and TRICARE.
Want to find an office in your area? With over 100 offices across 16 different states, we make sure dental care is available for all families. Find a location near you or call Kool Smiles today at 254-781-0553 with any questions about braces treatment options, and/or schedule a no-cost consultation for your child.
Nationwide Chilren’s: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/health-wellness-and-safety-resources/helping-hands/dental-wearing-separators
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