Getting new braces fitted usually takes an hour or two.

If you have chosen to go ahead with orthodontic treatment in the form of braces, you can look forward to a straighter smile, better oral function and improved oral health. But how long does the process take? And what can you expect from the fitment appointment? Read on to find out how long it usually takes to have new braces fitted, and what it involves…

How long does it take?

The process of having your braces bonded to your teeth can take between one and two hours to complete. In some cases, the process may be split over multiple appointments, although your orthodontist may choose to do it in just one visit. The exact length of time that it takes to have new braces fitted will depend on a few factors, including the type of braces you choose to get, as well as the specific orthodontic issue that you would like resolved.

Does the process hurt?

When you have your braces fitted, you may experience a sensation of pressure. Generally, patients do not report the process as being painful. Your level of discomfort will depend on your own threshold for pain, as well as the complexity of your orthodontic concern.

If you choose to have metal or ceramic braces fitted, your dentist may need to place spacers between your back teeth prior to the fitment process. Spacers are sometimes necessary in cases where the back teeth are particularly close together as they work to create more space for the bands to fit around these teeth. If you have spacers placed, you might experience some soreness as your teeth begin to move.

What does the process involve?

Before your braces are fitted, your orthodontist will make sure that your teeth are clean. They will perform a professional clean, removing all plaque and tartar before drying them thoroughly.

Next, your orthodontist will attach brackets to each of your teeth. To do so, they will use a special dental glue, as well as a blue light that helps to set the glue and secure the brackets in place. Once the brackets are in place, metal bands are placed around the back molars; and the arch wire is attached to the brackets.

In the case of lingual braces, your orthodontist will place many of the same components as traditional metal or ceramic braces, but these will be attached to the back surfaces of the teeth. Lingual braces usually take a bit longer to fit than metal and ceramic braces.

How can we help?

Getting fitted for braces can take some time. No matter your orthodontic concern, you can expect to spend at least an hour or two in your orthodontist’s chair. For people with complex cases, this time could be even longer.

The exact length of the process will depend on what type of braces you choose as well as how complicated your issue is. Your orthodontist will be able to tell you more about what to expect from the fitment process when they first meet with you for treatment planning.

At South Yarra Orthodontics, we offer several types of braces — these include metal braces, ceramic braces and lingual braces. Braces are still the most common orthodontic solution when it comes to straightening teeth and establishing a functional bite.

If you are considering an orthodontic treatment, but are not sure where to begin the process, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation. We will assess your oral health and orthodontic concerns and let you know which course of action is most appropriate for you. We will also explain your treatment options to you and address any questions or concerns that you have.

If you would like to find out more about braces and how they work, please have a look here.

If you would like to come in and see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange an appointment or give us a call on (03) 9131 1999.