You’ve looked in the mirror and thought to yourself, “My teeth could be straighter,” but you’re not exactly sure how to start the process of getting braces. It’s important to understand that every person’s orthodontic journey will be unique because every set of teeth is different. Rest assured, your orthodontist is going to come up with a treatment plan that works best for you.
The first step: Referral
If you haven’t started with braces yet, it makes sense you’ll see a dentist far more frequently than an orthodontist. So, usually it will be your dentist who looks at your teeth and recommends whether or not they feel you will benefit from seeing an orthodontist.
With that said, if you want to go ahead and book your own appointment, an orthodontist in your area will be happy to see you and try to help you determine what the best-possible solutions for your smile may be.
Second step: Consultation
At this point, you’ll sit down with your orthodontist and discuss your hopes and concerns about your teeth. Dependent on the exam and your x-rays, your orthodontist will give you a clear understanding about whether you actually need braces or if they aren’t really necessary.
If you both feel comfortable moving ahead with an agreed-upon treatment plan, the orthodontist may make a mold of your teeth to enhance the design of your treatment.
Third step: Designing Treatment
Whether you have an underbite, overbite or neither, during this point of the process, the orthodontist is going to design your treatment to ensure your braces or aligners are the right fit. If they did not already do so during step two, this is the point when the orthodontist will take a mold of your teeth.
Patients who are getting traditional braces, with brackets and wires, will have a more intensive preparation for treatment because they need to have their braces placed and cemented and then the wires will need to be implemented.
If, alternatively, you go the route of Invisalign, your treatment plan will likely include less hands-on application and fewer visits.
Don’t Stress, Just Get Started
The idea of getting braces can seem daunting at the outset of your treatment. But, the hardest part is just getting started. Once you understand if you actually need braces and which type of treatment is best-suited to you, you will feel more empowered to make the decisions that will result in your beautiful new smile.
Don’t wait, contact Foley Wilde Orthodontics and we will be happy to answer all your questions and guide you through the initial stages of your treatment.