Getting Braces

If you’re ready for treatment, braces are usually placed approximately one month after your initial visit to your orthodontist in Melbourne, FL.

It takes time to produce the necessary diagnostic records so they can be properly evaluated by Dr. Reddick and the best possible treatment plan can be determined. This process can be expedited somewhat in certain cases however.

Having a new set of braces takes some getting used to. Your mouth needs some time to adapt to the appliances, but it usually does not take longer than a week or two. They can feel a bit bulky right after they are placed, but this feeling subsides quickly. Sometimes the application of wax in the early part of treatment can be helpful to ease the initial discomfort.

A few hours after the placement of braces, it is normal to start feeling some soreness. This is the body’s normal reaction to the teeth beginning to move. If this is a concern, we recommend that you take over-the-counter pain reliever prior to brace placement and as needed every 4-6 hours for the next few days following the appointment. Soreness usually peaks the day after brace placement and the average person feels very little discomfort after the first few days.

After the braces are in place, we usually see patients every 6-8 weeks for adjustment appointments. At these appointments, the wires may be removed and replaced and the mechanics of tooth movement can be altered to achieve desired goals.

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