The Braces Process

The First Step to a Beautiful Smile

The Braces Process

The First Step to a Beautiful Smile

If you’re thinking about getting braces for yourself or your child, give us a call or text us at 908-386-5224 and schedule your free consultation. At an initial meeting, you can learn about your options and what it’s like to work with us.

Understanding the Braces Process

Straightening your teeth is a process. To give you an idea of what’s involved, here are the general steps.

Step 1: See the Orthodontist

Come see us. When we first meet, you’ll complete the patient registration form in our waiting area or online ahead of time. If you can, bring a recent panoramic dental x-ray. If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card so we can estimate your costs. The orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss necessary treatments to get that perfect smile and correct any orthodontic problems.

Step 2: Choose a Treatment Plan

Once you decide to pursue orthodontic treatment, we’ll discuss your treatment options, goals and needs and answer any questions you have. We’ll develop a treatment plan and talk to you about:

  • Whether the condition can be fixed by orthodontic treatment
  • The best options for correcting the problem
  • Timing: If now is the best time for treatment or if it delaying it until more growth has occurred or teeth have erupted is optimal
  • Caring for your braces
  • Treatment length and how often you’ll need to come in for adjustment appointments
  • Payment and financing options and whether insurance will cover some of the cost of treatment

We’ll take additional photos of your teeth and face and x-rays, if necessary, to better understand your situation. We’ll also schedule a series of appointments to get you started.

Step 3: Evaluate Your Options for Braces

You’ll be able to see in person different types of braces including Invisalign aligners. If you’re getting Invisalign, we can make impressions of your mouth.

Step 4: Get Your Braces

We’ll prep your teeth for brackets if you’re getting traditional braces. If you’re choosing Invisalign, we’ll bond any small, clear attachments to your teeth, which allow us to manipulate your teeth. We’ll insert the first aligner and instruct you on how to wear and care for them.

Step 5: Make Adjustments

Throughout your treatment, you’ll come see us for routine check-ups. During these quick appointments, we’ll adjust your brackets or check on your Invisalign progress.

Step 6: Remove Your Braces

When your orthodontic treatment is complete, we’ll remove your braces and discuss how to best care for your teeth and gums to maintain your radiant smile. We’ll also make a set of retainers to hold your teeth in place, and discuss how long you should wear them.

Call us today! It all starts by giving us a call or texting us at 908-386-5224 to schedule your free consultation.

Bet we can make you smile!