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Getting Your 3M™ Braces On

How will your trained orthodontist put your braces on so you can begin your journey to straight, healthy teeth and jaws? Very carefully, and with as little discomfort as possible. Your orthodontist that uses 3M™ braces can explain the process for your specific treatment as well as any treatment or preparation needed prior to having your braces put on. Here are some of the basics.

In The Chair*

The dental assistant or orthodontist will dry off your teeth and apply "etchant" to them. The etchant prepares the surface of your teeth for the bonding "cement" that holds on the braces.The braces are placed on your teeth. High intensity plasma light is then quickly applied to the surface of the bracket to set the bond. The wire (archwire) is placed through the braces. Little rubber bands are placed on the braces (unless you are getting self-ligating braces). That's it! You're done! Each row of teeth takes about an hour, so if you're getting a full set of braces, it will take about two hours.

*Information provided by ArchWired.com

How do braces feel?**

After your braces are on, your teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Your orthodontist will advise you on what, if any, pain relievers to take. Your lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Orthodontic wax applied to an offending bracket will help relieve discomfort. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed. Once you’ve become accustomed to your braces, you may even forget you have them on.

**Information provided by the American Association of Orthodontists.

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