How to prepare for braces

POSTED: 1:38 PM Feb 12 2014   UPDATED: 9:04 AM Feb 26 2014
Braces on teeth

By Mayo Clinic News Network

If your regular dentist notices problems with your teeth or jaws that may require treatment, he or she will likely refer you to an orthodontist — a dentist who specializes in diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial irregularities.

Most alignment problems become apparent once the permanent teeth begin to come through the gum (erupt). But your orthodontist may recommend waiting until enough teeth have come through before applying braces. Most children get braces between the ages of 8 and 14, while their facial bones are still growing and their teeth are more susceptible to movement.

Preparation for braces generally involves:

After your orthodontist has evaluated your teeth and jaws, he or she customizes a treatment plan for you. This most often involves the use of fixed braces, which are temporarily bonded to your teeth.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/braces/basics/how-you-prepare/prc-20013670