South Yarra Orthodontics

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Starting the journey to a straighter smile with braces is a significant life decision that promises transformative results. Before taking the plunge into orthodontic treatment, here are five essential things you need to know to make the experience smoother and more rewarding.

Your initial consultation is key:

The journey begins with an initial consultation with one of our specialist orthodontists. This appointment is crucial for a comprehensive assessment of your oral health, discussing treatment options, and addressing any concerns or questions you may have. Use this opportunity to gain a clear understanding of the recommended course of action.

Treatment duration varies:

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies from person to person. Factors such as the complexity of your case, the type of braces chosen, and your commitment to follow care instructions all play a role. Your orthodontist will provide an estimated timeline during your consultation, but patience and compliance is key for achieving optimal results.

Brace yourself for adjustments:

After the initial fitting of braces, you will experience periodic adjustment appointments. During these visits, your orthodontist may tighten wires, change bands, or make other modifications to ensure your teeth are progressing as planned. Embrace these adjustments as necessary steps toward your dream smile.

Oral hygiene takes centre stage:

Maintaining impeccable oral hygiene becomes even more crucial with braces. Brackets and wires create additional nooks and crannies where food particles can accumulate. Regular brushing, flossing, and using any additional cleaning tools recommended by your orthodontist are essential for preventing cavities and maintaining overall oral health. You should also continue to see your general dentist throughout your treatment.

Any discomfort is temporary:

It’s normal to experience some discomfort or soreness after the initial placement of braces and following adjustments. This discomfort is temporary and signifies that your teeth are adjusting to the new pressure. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax can help alleviate any irritation. Our team will educate you on how to manage this period. 

Preparing for braces involves understanding the process, commitment to oral hygiene, and embracing the journey with patience. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll embark on your orthodontic adventure informed and ready to achieve the radiant, well-aligned smile you’ve been dreaming of. If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, including braces, clear aligners, and preventative treatment, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are eager to assist you in realising the smile of your dreams. You can book your consultation online or by calling our practice on (03) 9131 1999.