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How Do Dentists Put On Braces?

If you have been told that you need braces, then you may be wondering about the process, and how the dentist will fit your braces so that they help your teeth to realign themselves. Both children and adults have braces fitted, but the technical process of having braces put onto your teeth may still be a mystery to you. In fact, there are several steps which need to be completed when the dentist puts the braces onto your teeth.

Step 1: Cleaning the mouth

Before the dentist fixes the braces in place, he needs to make sure that your mouth is completely clean. They will also want to make sure that you don’t have cavities or gum disease which could prevent the teeth from moving as the braces require them to. You may require a thorough scale & polish with the hygienist before the braces are fitted, as well as having any fillings on cavities you might have.

Step 2: Fitting the bases

In some cases, when the dentist fits your braces, they may want to put a securing bracket into your mouth first. This is a circular ring of metal which will fit over one of your back teeth (not the wisdom teeth unless they need to be moved). This will be the securing point for the wire, and helps to keep the entire brace into position.

Step 3: Fitting the brackets

Once the brace is ready to be fitted, the dentist will start putting the brackets onto your teeth. This may require that the teeth be buffed to create a secure surface. Then, a small amount of dental glue is added to the surface of the teeth. Brackets are fitted to hold the wire in place. After fitting, the dentist will dry the bracket to ensure that it is secure.

Step 4: Placement of wire

When the brackets are dried and fully set, the dentist will slide a thin piece of metal wire around the edge of the teeth. This wire will be the right length and thickness to secure your teeth. The wire will be lined up with each bracket, and secured into position. Then, the dentist will go around your teeth, snapping the locks of your bracket closed, so that the wire is held in place.

The above process will vary depending on the exact system you go ahead with. We offer many types of braces that can treat many different problems. We offer free consultations to assess which options will be the most suitable to meet your needs.

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By Dr Gursh Bajwa



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