For children, the very idea of a tiny metal fence that hugs their teeth is an understandably scary concept. Fortunately, the process is actually quick and simple.

Before installing braces, the child’s orthodontist will schedule an initial consultation. During this phase, the orthodontist will map out a treatment plan and make oral impressions of the teeth for fitting. Parents and the orthodontist can help prepare children by answering any questions they might have about braces and the installation procedure. They can also make children a part of the process by allowing them to choose colors for their rubber bands.

On the day of the installation, children will undergo a regular cleaning. The orthodontist then inserts cheek retractors to keep the mouth open in a wide grin. The installation moves quickly and involves using a special cement to stick a bracket to each tooth. Next, the orthodontist threads wires through each bracket and inserts rubber bands over the brackets to secure the wires.

Following the installation, the dentist will go over special guidelines such as regular brushing schedules and how to use ice packs and frozen foods to relieve mild discomfort.

About the Author:

Practicing in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Anna Burger, DDS, performs general dentistry procedures including braces, bleaching, crowns, and oral surgery procedures.

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