Phase Two: Treatment With Braces
While phase one prepares your mouth for braces treatment, phase two is where the braces do their work. This is the time that you probably imagine when you think of braces: metal (or ceramic) brackets and wires and colorful bands on your teeth. When you go for your appointment to have your braces put on, your orthodontist will remove the spacers and begin by putting dental cement or glue on your teeth. Brackets are then secured on your teeth using the glue. A thin wire will be threaded through the brackets with small bands to secure the wire in its place.
You will feel quite a bit of pressure in the first few days after having your braces put on, but should feel relief in a week or so. Now that your braces are on, you will visit your orthodontist every six weeks to have new bands put on and your wires tightened. The pressure the wire puts on your teeth gently nudges your teeth to move into their ideal positions, giving you the smile you’ve been waiting for!
Once your braces have been removed, you can enjoy some sweet relief! However, the work isn’t quite done yet. You will most likely see your orthodontist every three months for the first year post-braces to make sure your retainer is doing its job and keeping your teeth in place.
While you’re enjoying the look and feel of your straight and braces free smile, you need to be mindful of wearing your retainer consistently. In the first three months or so, it’s recommended you wear your retainer 24/7 unless you’re eating or drinking. At that point, your orthodontist will recommend either sticking with a full-time retainer schedule, or decreasing your time wearing your retainers to 12 hours a day. Eventually your orthodontist may tell you that you can decrease how long you have to wear your retainer, so long as your teeth aren’t at risk of treatment reversal.
Orthodontic Treatment in Fort Worth
Orthodontic treatment might sound intimidating when you hear about all of the steps that have to take place in order to get great results, but rest assured, it is nothing you can’t manage. With support from the team at Ahava Orthodontics in Fort Worth, you’ll go through the phases of orthodontic treatment with ease and come out on the other side with a brand new smile! Contact us today at 817-926-9777 to schedule your consultation exam so you can start the process of pursuing the smile that is waiting for you.