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Perhaps your dentist has suggested that you consider orthodontics for yourself or your child. Or maybe after taking a look in the mirror, you have decided that now is the time to straighten your smile. Not only will properly aligned teeth improve your appearance, they will help you to eat and speak effectively and will improve the health of your teeth. Misaligned teeth can strike one another at improper angles, wearing away the enamel and damaging your teeth.

Getting braces involves an initial consultation with the orthodontist, who will examine your teeth and your jaws and take x-rays or your mouth, and head, and an impression of your teeth.

A few days before your appointment, you should see your regular dentist for a cleaning and exam. Having your teeth cleaned prior to getting your braces will make the process faster. The orthodontist will place an adhesive on your teeth which will hold the brackets in place. After that, he will attach the wire to wire to the brackets, and secure them with elastic. You can expect to be in the chair for one to two hours.

The process of getting braces should not be painful, but you may experience some discomfort over the next few days. If you experience intense pain after a few days, contact your orthodontist. You can use dental wax on your hardware if it is irritating your lips or mouth, as well as an over-the-counter pain-reliever. Try eating soft foods until you have become used to your braces, and follow the doctor’s instructions when it comes to your diet, brushing and flossing.

If you have been thinking about braces or orthodontics for yourself or another member of your family, you should call 817-427-2237 today to schedule an exam and a consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Robert Montoya. If you live in the Keller, Texas area, start planing your appointment at Montoya Orthodontics today!