If you have never had braces, or if you had braces as a child, and need to correct shifting of teeth that occurred after your adjustment, you may be unsure of what to expect when you receive them. If this is the first time you have been to the orthodontist, you will obviously have less idea of what to expect. That being said, changes in orthodontic technology mean a subsequent adjustment, or an adjustment for your child, can make the experience different than what you recall. Your orthodontist works to provide orthodontic services that offer you the best possible experience, as they help you (or your child) enjoy a straightened, healthy smile.
Responding To An Orthodontic Emergency
One issue that can make people uneasy is the thought of an orthodontic emergency. What happens if a wire comes loose, or a bracket comes loose? In the event something happens, let your orthodontist know, so they can see you as soon as possible. In the meantime, a pencil eraser can gently push down a wire that is poking out, and wax can help you address discomfort caused by a loose bracket or wire.
Cosmetic Orthodontics Can Have Less Impact On Your Looks
Your life with braces may not be as different as you expect. With cosmetic orthodontics, you may see less change to your looks than you anticipate. Many patients now rely on tooth-colored brackets for their correction. This will not change how effective your braces are – ceramic brackets can be as dependable as metal brackets, and can create less discomfort. Because they are made from ceramic, it will be harder for people to notice them, so they will be less conspicuous when you smile.