You may wonder how are braces put on the teeth of their patients. This video shows the process step-by-step and explains how orthodontists use archwires to move the teeth into their desired position.
You’ll also learn what some of the dentist’s instruments are used for during this process. Watch this video to find out how braces are put on, from start to finish!
What are the parts of braces?
There are actually two main parts of braces, brackets, and wires. Each bracket is attached to a wire and is used to move your teeth.
Wires are what connect brackets together in different directions to realign your teeth. Depending on how severe your case is, you can wear braces for as little as six months or up to several years.
When first getting fitted for braces, your orthodontist will use a mold of your mouth to create them so they fit perfectly into place. Once that’s done, they’ll get placed onto each tooth.
Then comes the hard part—waiting! If you have more than one appointment with an orthodontist before wearing braces, expect that at least one will be dedicated solely to making sure everything fits correctly and feels comfortable.
It may seem like it takes forever to put on braces but when it comes down to it they only take about an hour at most per appointment once everything is properly positioned in your mouth.
The last step will be picking out some accessories (or bling) that go along with your new smile!
How do they attach them to your teeth?
Once you’ve been fitted with braces, your orthodontist can begin attaching them to your teeth. Many people are surprised by how quickly braces are attached—it usually takes just a few minutes per tooth. How do they do it?
The orthodontist uses special brackets and wires that have already been custom-cut to fit over your teeth. Depending on what type of brackets you get, your doctor will likely use one of two types of wires: stainless steel or nickel-titanium.
What are those blue rubber bands in brackets for?
It’s called elastics. Wearing them is a part of your daily oral hygiene routine with braces; they help train your teeth to go in their desired direction (down, up, etc.).
You’ll wear elastics every day until your treatment is complete. We recommend you change them every few days to prevent tooth discoloration.
You can buy elastics from our office or pick some up at your local drugstore; we recommend you choose type one if you’re just starting out with orthodontic treatment—they are softer and more comfortable on sensitive teeth than type two elastics.
How long does it take to get braces on, anyway?
The process of getting braces on takes a few visits to your orthodontist. How long it takes depends on your specific situation and can vary between one to three appointments.
During your first visit, you’ll likely have an exam that includes x-rays, impressions, and photos of your teeth, gums, and bites.
After that, you might need to wait anywhere from a few weeks to several months for a treatment plan to be created and for your braces to be made—this is when orthodontic retainers come in handy!
Orthodontic retainers are custom-made mouthguards with metal wire inside that hold teeth in place before any other treatment happens.
While you’re waiting for your braces to arrive, make sure to wear them as often as possible so they fit perfectly once they’re attached. While some people prefer rubber bands or elastics at night, orthodontic retainers are best because they don’t cause damage to teeth or gums like elastics do over time.
Once your braces arrive, you’ll go back for another appointment where they’ll be attached using special glue (don’t worry—it’s safe!).
You’ll probably get a retainer right after that appointment so if it’s loose or uncomfortable by nighttime, don’t hesitate to call and ask about how to adjust it until it fits perfectly.
Does everyone look like this while wearing braces?
Putting braces on a patient is an involved process that often requires an assistant to help. First, the orthodontist will instruct patients on how to correctly brush and floss their teeth before putting on their braces.
Then, he or she will make sure everything fits properly before finishing off with rubber bands or wax for added security.
The length of time it takes for braces to be put on can vary from patient to patient and even dentist-to-dentist, but it usually takes about 15 minutes per appointment and up to two visits each week for the first few months.
For many patients, orthodontic treatment can last between one and three years; keep in mind that some people need much longer than others, depending on their case.
Patients should plan accordingly because they’ll have to wear headgear while sleeping at night as well as mouth guards during sporting activities such as football and boxing.
Wearing braces isn’t as bad as you think… really!
It’s hard to imagine that something as small as braces can have such a profound effect on someone’s appearance, but they do. Braces used to be put on only by dentists but now orthodontists specialize in putting them on.
If you know someone who is starting to wear braces, tell them that it’s a good thing for their teeth and will be worth it in about two years when their teeth look great.
When you see how braces are put on, you might want them too! The first step is to take an impression of your mouth so that they can make your braces fit perfectly.
Next, they’ll use a special tool called an expander to gently expand your gums. This may feel weird at first but don’t worry; it’ll go away after a few days.
Then, your new braces will be placed over your teeth and tightened until everything fits just right… After all of that work, you’ll probably forget how bad those awkward stage-one metal brackets were!
Oh, yeah, and guess what? YOU CAN EAT WHILE WEARING BRACES!
One of our favorite aspects of orthodontics is that you can still eat pretty much whatever you want while wearing braces.
Many people think that once you get braces, you have to give up on certain foods, but we don’t think so!
The truth is, what ends up happening with your diet and eating habits after you wear braces depends a lot on how diligent you are about brushing and flossing. Because even though you can eat pretty much anything, it all comes down to keeping those wires super clean.
When it comes to food choices with braces, just be smart! Our biggest piece of advice: Make sure your teeth are as clean as possible before taking a bite.