Only a qualified orthodontic is allowed to provide orthodontic services. Dentists are required to complete a 3 year course in addition to their dentistry degree, to be able to perform orthodontic procedures. Today, there are very many practitioners who offer orthodontic services. Below are the steps followed in putting braces;
- Type of braces; determine whether the braces are suitable for the patient. The orthodontist is supposed to consult with the patient and virtually check on the teeth and jaws. If the braces are appropriate, an appointment is set up where x-rays, molds and impressions are made. Through these records, the root problem and cause of action is critically analyzed.
- Digital treatment; digital treatment is offered in dimensional modes with the model of the patient’s arches. The computer automated treatment simulation has the ability to separate the gums and teeth as well as handle malocclusions. The software enables the physicians to select treatment that will produce a positive outcome at a specified time. In extreme and rare cases, surgery is recommended.
- Orthodontic treatment– about 2 week before the procedure is done orthodontic spacers are used to create space between the teeth for the bands. The teeth will be branded and then brackets will be added. This process usually takes a few minutes per tooth. At times, orthodontists use molar bands to ensure that the brackets will stick. Bands are also utilized during dental fillings and securing a bracket to a tooth.
- Fixing the wires– an arch wire is threaded between the brackets and the metal ligatures. The arch wires are bent, shaped and tightened frequently to achieve the desired results.
- Adjustments– this is usually done three to six months to help shift the teeth into their correct position
It is important to look for a known and licensed orthodontist for this procedure.