If your general dentist makes the following available, please bring them to your appointment:
THE ORTHODONTIC PROCESS
During the initial exam, the patient's health history will be discussed, and the reasons for seeking treatment will be explored. Dr. McManus will perform a thorough orthodontic exam, make recommendations on the need or timing of treatment, and answer any questions you may have. Once all questions have been answered and a treatment plan has been agreed upon, we will be ready to start treatment!
If treatment is indicated and you would like to proceed, an appointment can be scheduled at your earliest convenience. The diagnostic records take about 30 minutes and involve digital x-rays, photos of the patient's face and teeth, and molds of the teeth (impressions) to fabricate study models. Most patients choose to schedule their diagnostic records on the same day their braces are placed to avoid an additional appointment. If diagnostic records and braces are placed at the same appointment, the appointment will last approximately 2 hours.
FIRST DAY IN BRACES
The adhesive we use to attach your braces to your teeth cures quickly. You may eat anytime after leaving our office, but please remember to avoid foods that could damage or break your wires and brackets. Until you get used to eating with your new braces, you may want to follow a soft food diet.
DO BRACES HURT?
When you first get your braces, they may feel like they are "sticking out." This is normal. As you get adjusted to your new braces, and as tooth alignment improves, this feeling will go away. Even though your brackets were rounded and smoothed out, until the cheek tissues "toughen up," you may place a small piece of dental wax around the bracket to relieve irritation. You may feel soreness the day your braces are placed. Also, your teeth, typically the front teeth, may be tender. Some patients have no discomfort after braces are placed, but most experience soreness during the first eight hours. This discomfort should go away within a week. This can vary for each patient. In the meantime, you may take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate discomfort. You may want to take over-the-counter medicine before the pain starts for maximum effectiveness.
BEFORE LEAVING THE OFFICE
After each appointment, please complete the following steps to minimize discomfort and ensure optimal treatment results.