Dr. Eric Leber
05/10/2017

Bonding braces to your teeth

We have many patients who are apprehensive about having their braces placed. We understand. It's a little bit scarey to go to the orthodontist when you have no idea what's going to happen. Let me take the mystery away and explain exactly how it's done:

The first thing we do is to place a lip retractor to help keep the teeth dry. Our glue doesn't stick to wet teeth and without the retractor it's impossible for you to move your lips out of the way. The next step is to put a little bit of gel on your teeth to remove any film that may be on them. The gel isn't very tasty. In fact, it's a little sour. After about 30 seconds we wipe most of it off and rinse your teeth well being careful to rinse your tongue too. We don't want you sitting with that sour taste in your mouth!

Once the teeth are rinsed and dried we paint on a very important sealant. We want to be sure to protect your teeth underneath the braces. The sealant bonds to your tooth surface so that we can bond the brace to the sealant, instead of directly to your enamel.

Now comes the placing of the braces. An assistant will put glue on the back of each brace and set the brace on a tooth, removing the excess glue and repeating the process until each tooth has it's own special brace. The assistant will then call Dr Eric or Dr Larry over to position each brace exactly where it needs to be in order to move each tooth into proper alignment. The doctor has to visualize your tooth in a straight position and place the brace accordingly. It's not as easy as it sounds but Dr Eric and Dr Larry are very good at it.

We're almost finished at this point. All that's left to do is to shine our special UV light onto the edge of each brace to set the glue. Once we have cured all the glue we can remove the lip retractor, place the wire that has been prescribed by the doctor and explain care and maintenance of your new braces!

See how simple it is? All you have to do is sit back and relax for awhile. If you'd like you can listen to your ipod or take a little nap while we put your braces on. Leave the work to us!


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