Oh wow. I wish I could give you a hug. I know that feeling. Hm....where do I start? Well, first you will more than likely get spacers. These are blue doughnut shaped rubber bands that go inbetween each molar I believe. These are normally kept in the mouth for one week. However, I've heard of cases where it's been two. This can be kind of painful. The keyword here being kind of. Before you go in to the ortho, you might want to eat a large amount of food that you like. I didn't eat normally for the next 2 to 3 weeks. The same spacer came out twice within hours of being put in twice. If this happens you to, it's more than likely because there is already enough space for a band to comfortably fit around the tooth. Eating soft, mushy foods is strongly suggested (Not like you willl have a choice=P).
Now for the braces. You have to trust me when I say, everything should go well. Consultation one: signing papers and getting molds of your mouth. Just to let you know beforehand, this will make you gag. Breath through your nose and you will be fine. Consultation two: signing financial papers and discussion. This is the time to ask questions and the doctor will go over any problems they may have have. Consultation three: placing spacers in mouth. Consultation four: braces!
This is just how my personal orthodontists set it up. Everyone's is probably different.
I'm going to try to remember this procedure as best I can. My teeth were first thoroughly cleaned. A little tip: brush and floss well before going in, this will greatly impress the assistant and doctor. ;) You will get wings put on your lips to hold them back. Also, there will be something that goes in your mouth to keep your tongue back. Do not push this forward. The assistant put some paint like stuff on each individual tooth. This was let to air dry and another coat was put on. Then the cement was applied to each tooth. This had to be rinsed off with water. Many people hate the strong taste of this. I personally thought it taste like sour apple candy and enjoy every second of it. My orthodontist came in and sat down next to me. The assistant would get a bracket and put a tiny bit of glue on it. The bracket was then passed to the ortho and he/she would expertly place it on your tooth according to how it needed to move. After this process, I was given glasses and an ultra-violet light was shone on each tooth to help bond it. If I'm remembering correctly, the bands were next. This was painful for me. Bands are like metal rings that fit around your teeth. You have two of each on the bottom and on top totaling four. They are forced around the teeth which is the part that causes pain. These have wings that are pushed down so that they don't irritate your tongue. Next, I chose my colors. I picked alternating light blue and dark blue. These go on the brackets. I remember something being clipped off each of these. The sound of it was unbarable but I didn't feel a thing. Lastly, your wire is weaved through the brackets and whatnot. The ends have to be trimmed so they don't cut you. And viola! You are done! Check out your new smile!
Life with braces:
Okay, I'm getting tired of typing, so I'm going to try and make this quick. You will be given a list of the foods you can't eat. Brush at least twice a day. You should be instructed on how to properly do this. Floss at night. Let me just tell you, if you don't floss daily, when your braces come off, your gums will be extremely puffy and nasty looking. You will be on a soft food diet for a week at the most. As far as pain, once again, I can't tell you how bad it will be. I didn't really experience much pain when it came to braces. I had some slight discomfort and that was pretty much it. Take some ibuprofen to help this. You can expect to have sore on the inside of your mouth if not bleeding. Wax can be put on whatever is poking you to help it glide easier. Uh....Oh. This is my third week of braces and about three of my teeth have the sensation of being loose. This is absolutely normal. If you are worried about it, call your orthodontist. Your teeth will also be loose after they get tightened. I'm sorry, I can't really think of much more to say. You should get a retainer after your braces come off. My ortho is different though. He never mentioned a word about retainers and instead that I will definitely be getting a permanent bar on the back of my two front upper teeth and perhaps on the back on four other teeth. This isn't the time and place to talk about that though. This is about you. Uh..I can't think of anything else. You will learn. It just takes time. Good luck! If you or anyone else ever needs help or anything at all, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best of luck,
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