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Exploring The Various Stages Of The Orthodontics Process

Most people getting braces in Clacton already understand that orthodontics is about getting their teeth straightened in order to benefit from an improved bite and a more attractive smile. To get the best results from orthodontics treatment it’s important for patients to take good care of their teeth before, during, and after treatment. In this blog we take a look at the various stages of the orthodontics process and what patients need to be doing at each stage.

Initial examination

braces in ClactonBefore any orthodontics treatment can be decided upon you’ll need to visit an orthodontist in Clacton for a thorough oral examination. He or she is likely to take X-rays of your teeth in order to decide what treatments are necessary to better straighten and align them. To help with the process, an impression may also be taken of your teeth. Even at this very early stage, a patient should be cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and taking care to brush and floss their teeth effectively.

Choosing your braces

Once your orthodontist has a clear picture of the orthodontic treatments that you need, then they can draw up a treatment plan for you. This may involve extracting a few teeth to help with the alignment process. Modern orthodontics offers more types of braces than ever before including metal and ceramic braces, clear braces, lingual braces which fit at the back of the teeth, and removable plastic aligners.

Together you’ll discuss the most appropriate type of brace for you. Often the governing factor will be price, but most adults will choose an ‘invisible’ brace.

Fitting the brace

Before your orthodontic treatment takes place your teeth will be prepared by fitting orthodontic spacers to gently move your teeth apart and create space for the wires (assuming you have chosen a fixed brace with wires). Those patients who have chosen aligners will receive a new custom tray every two weeks as their treatment progresses. The wire is then fitted to the front or back of the teeth before the brackets are glued to each tooth.

Once this has been done it’s up to the patient to take good care of their teeth and their brace. Cleaning your teeth can be a little tricky so it’s important to take your time morning and night. It’s also a good habit to clean your teeth after every meal as food particles can sometimes get trapped between your braces.

Attend regular check-ups

As part of your orthodontics treatment you’ll be expected to attend regular check-ups to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to your brace, or to change your plastic aligner. These adjustments are necessary as your teeth begin to move into their correct positions and ensures that the alignment goes according to plan. Depending on how severe your case is, braces can be in place for anything from a few months to a couple of years.

After braces

Once your braces are removed you’ll be fitted with a retainer which prevents your teeth from moving back to their original position and undoing all of your hard work. It’s important to maintain a high standard of oral hygiene and visit your dentist for six monthly check-ups and a professional clean.

If you’re seeking an orthodontist in Clacton than look no further than Clacton Dental Care. We offer both general and cosmetic dentistry and have an experienced orthodontic team who you can place your trust in. Call us today on 01255 221001 or make an appointment online by visiting our website at www.clactondentalcare.co.uk.

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