Hilgers Orthodontics in AZ
You finally decided to get your crooked teeth straightened at Hilgers Orthodontics in Arizona. But you may still wonder what the whole orthodontic process is. Here is a run-down of the five basic steps of receiving orthodontic care so you know what to expect.
Stage #1 – The Consultation
Our dentists will examine your teeth, jaws, and bite during the initial appointment. Depending on your particular case, it can last about 30 minutes to one hour. We take digital impressions of your upper and lower teeth and list the concerns. We discuss solutions and alternatives and the possible risks of getting orthodontic appliances.
The best part is showing before and after photos of previous patients with similar orthodontic needs. You get to see how your treatment can transform your smile. We also take this time to discuss the different types of orthodontic treatment options, whether ceramic, traditional braces, or clear aligners, and tackle fees and insurance benefits.
Stage #2 – Bonding/Banding
The second stage is when the metal braces are attached to your teeth. Some patients may require orthodontic spacers placed between teeth to create gaps a week or two beforehand.
Then comes the intricate process where the spacers are removed, and the brackets are fitted and cemented to your teeth. The wires are fabricated and tied, and you can choose color elastics that hold the wire in the slot on the bracket.
Getting orthodontics in AZ doesn’t hurt, but it takes time. We must prep your teeth for the brackets, carefully position each tooth, and then run the archwire through and tighten things up!
Afterward, you are given dental care instructions and a list of foods to avoid. We teach you how to have good oral hygiene and how to brush and floss while wearing braces to keep your teeth in tip-top shape to prevent tooth decay.
Take note that for every instance you break a bracket, the entire treatment will extend for an extra month. So it is wise to listen and adhere to the dentist’s instructions.
Stage #3 – Regular Adjustments
Routine appointments every 4-7 weeks for at least half an hour are scheduled to monitor progress and make adjustments and wire modifications. The braces are tightened, colored elastics are changed, and broken brackets are replaced.
Stage #4 – Debanding
An impression is taken for the final removable retainers. You will probably be anxious about your “debanding appointment.” We remove your braces and give you a polishing so you can finally see how amazing your new smile looks without all that hardware blocking your view! This appointment takes about an hour.
Stage #5 – Retainer
A retainer is made to keep your straight teeth in their new position. Your retainer is to be worn 24/7 except when eating or drinking anything other than water. It’s imperative to wear your retainer as directed to avoid having to undergo the orthodontic process again!
Visit Hilgers Orthodontics in AZ
Hilgers Orthodontics in AZ are expert in orthodontic care. We know how to move teeth in children, teens, and adults and correct bad bites to give you the most straight, beautiful smile. We are with you at every stage of the treatment plan. Give us a call for any questions or to schedule an appointment today.