Braces 101 – How to Prepare for Braces

The decision to get braces is not one that should be decided overnight.

According to Dr. Rice, “braces are not only a significant financial investment, but also a personal one. We pride ourselves on working directly with the patient to ensure he or she understands all the implications so they feel confident about their decision.

Alignment problems typically begin once permanent teeth begin to erupt through the gums. Depending on your case, Dr. Rice may recommend to wait before applying braces while proactively monitoring the situation. Most commonly, children between the 8 – 14 get braces, although every circumstance may vary.

Despite your age and your current circumstances, there are actions we recommend every patient complete before getting braces.

Orthodontist exams:

One of the most crucial phases prior to braces is a thorough examination to best determine your course of action. This phase includes the following steps:

  1. Oral exam – This exam is a thorough procedure conducted by Dr. Rice.
  2. X-Rays – A compilation of x-rays will help to determine the current position of teeth to help better inform the best next steps for your bite.
  3. Plaster models – We ask patients to bite into a soft material to create a plaster of their teeth. This steps allows us further insight into your current teeth position and what impacts you will experience in the future with and without corrective action to transition your bite.

Other exams maybe be necessary depending on your case. Dr. Rice will ensure that you have all of the information you need to make a determination as to what other exams are recommended and what the best course of action will be for the patient.

To get started, contact us today for a consultation. We look forward to working you with to create a beautiful smile.

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