It takes approximately one hour to place your braces. This appointment will likely be the longest of all your visits with us. There is nothing to worry about because the placement of braces is a painless procedure. Do braces hurt? No, fitting of the braces may be a little uncomfortable but will not hurt. It is very important that your teeth are clean and your gums are healthy.
During the appointment the following will occur:
- Your teeth will be cleaned with special toothpaste and something that is similar to an electric toothbrush.
- A cheek retractor is placed.
- Your teeth are washed and dried and prepared for the braces to be placed. The braces are glued to your teeth. A bright light is used to set the glue.
- When all of the braces are bonded to your teeth, horseshoe shaped wires are placed, one for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth. These wires pass through a little slot in each brace and are held in place by very small elastic bands. These “elastics” may be grey to blend with the brace or you may wish to choose from our wide selection of colours.
Your braces have now been now placed! All that remains is for us to explain how to prevent damage to your braces, check for breakages and keep your teeth and braces clean.