If you are getting ready to have your braces put on, then you could be experiencing a wide range of emotions. You might be unsure of what it is going to feel like or how long you will have to wear these orthodontic devices. If you are getting ready for braces, then it is beneficial to know what you can expect in the coming months and a few tips to make the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Your First Meeting with Our Orthodontist

Your first meeting with our orthodontist will take place before you have your braces put on. During this meeting, the orthodontist will need to carefully inspect your teeth and gums to ensure that they are relatively healthy. They will also need to take X-rays of your mouth to get a better idea of the layout of your teeth. If the orthodontist decides that you are a good candidate for braces, then you will most likely schedule a date in the near future to have them put on.

Your First Day

Actually putting the braces on your teeth is a relatively quick process. Most patients will be out of their appointment within two hours or so. The first step in this process is cleaning and drying all of the teeth so that the braces have a good surface to adhere to. The braces are then applied to the teeth.

Patients will be glad to hear that this appointment involves only minimal discomfort, if any. Our highly qualified dental team will give you instructions on how you can manage any discomfort with over-the-counter medication.

The First Few Weeks

Your mouth is going to feel much different for the first few weeks. Our dental team will also give you a few aftercare tips to ensure that you are maintaining your braces in the proper way.

Protecting Your Braces

It is exceptionally important that you keep your mouth as clean as possible while you have braces. For those who are having trouble flossing, specialty devices are available to get around the bands and brackets.

Patients should also carefully follow the dietary instructions that have been given to them by the dental team. Certain foods, such as hard candy and ice cubes, can damage the wires and brackets. With the proper aftercare, most patients will be able to have their braces off within 12 to 36 months.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Appointment Today

At the office of Dr. Brodie Bowman, DMD, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We have locations in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.