So it’s official: you’re getting braces! If I had to guess, I’d bet that you’re feeling a little scared right now. You’ve probably heard all sorts of things from your friends that have made you nervous about the whole process, and this article is here to help you realize that there’s nothing to be afraid of. (Keep in mind that all orthodontists vary their techniques a little bit, so your experience may be slightly different.)
The steps in this article come from YouTube star Jazzy. Check out the full video here!
Step One: This is Jazzy on her way to the orthodontist. She’s pretty nervous, but as you can see, her teeth really do need a bit of straightening.
Step Two: After a quick cleaning, the orthodontist will place a thing called a lip retractor in your mouth to make it easier for you to keep your mouth open for a longer period of time. It doesn’t hurt– in fact, it will make the process more comfortable for you, even if it looks kinda strange.
Step Three: Next, the orthodontist will place adhesive on your teeth and dry it with the lightsaber-looking device you see here. Don’t worry though, this doesn’t hurt or feel weird at all!
Step Four: Now it’s time for the orthodontist to place the metal brackets. They’ll place them on the surface of your teeth and press them into the adhesive.
Step Five: Once the brackets are in place, it’s time to run the connecting wire through them.
Step Six: At this point, the orthodontist will do two things: one, they will tighten the wires with the tool you see here. This doesn’t hurt, but it may feel a little strange. If you chose colored braces, this is when you get those colorful bands wrapped around the brackets.
Step Seven: YOU’RE DONE!
And you look AWESOME! Keep in mind that your teeth will feel a little sore for the first few days, but the soreness will go away as your mouth gets used to the braces. Every 4-6 weeks you’ll visit with the orthodontist to make sure the braces are doing their job. In addition, you’ll be able to change the color of the bracket bands! See, there’s nothing to worry about– get those braces and rock them!