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Step by step to a successful outcome.

Misalignments of the teeth and jaws can be corrected in the long-term through orthodontic treatment. Here we tell you what steps underlie a perfect smile.

Treatment concept

Inserting the braces

This is how to insert braces in your mouth

The time has come: The treatment concept is ready, the braces have been prepared and they can now be placed.

Preparing tooth surfaces Preparing tooth surfaces

Preparing tooth surfaces

1) Before your orthodontist can fasten the braces onto your teeth, he must clean the teeth with special brushes and polishers.

2) He then roughens the tooth surfaces with a special gel to make the brace adhesive adhere to it.

Attaching brace Attaching brace

Attaching brace

3) As soon as the tooth surfaces have been prepared, the braces are stuck to the teeth using positioning instruments and a special adhesive.

4) The special glue will, in most cases, be cured with a special light for 3-5 seconds for every brace. Then the orthodontist fixes the part of the system which actually makes the dental correction to the brackets: an archwire.

Rubber bands Rubber bands

Rubber bands

5) Rubber ligatures (little rubber bands) are placed around each brace to prevent the archwire from slipping. Self-ligating brace systems such as Clarity™ SL Ceramic Braces retain the archwire using a clip system which makes rubber bands redundant.

6) After inserting and fastening the archwire, your appliance system is ready to work.

The first days with braces

It takes rather longer to insert the braces, but it doesn't hurt. Slight pain or an unpleasant feeling of pressure can occur in your mouth in the first few days after insertion. This is totally normal as your mouth has to adapt to the foreign body. If the symptoms do not fade or they become too disagreeable, we advise you to visit your orthodontist at your earliest convenience.

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Success story with braces