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Your dentist may have suggested that you think about getting braces for your child, or even for yourself. Or, you may have decided that the time has come to straighten your teeth. Either way, there are some things you can do to get ready for your new dental work.

A few days before your appointment, you will want to see the dentist for a cleaning and examination. Your teeth will need to be cleaned before your braces can be placed, and having it done before your appointment will make the of placing your braces move along a little faster. And, your dentist can also address any problems such as cavities, before your braces are placed. Remember that even though you will have your braces for many months, and possibly for more than a year, you will still need to see your dentist for your routine appointments.

On the day of your appointment, the doctor will clean your teeth if you did not have an earlier appointment for a cleaning. Then he will make dry your teeth, and apply an adhesive to them to hold the brackets in place. Afterward, he will attach the brackets and the arch wire. You can expect to be in the chair for one to two hours. More than likely, you will feel some discomfort for the first few days. It will help to eat soft foods for during that time. An over-the-counter pain reliever will also help, and you will be given dental wax at the dental office. You can apply that wax to your braces if they irritate your lips, cheeks or other parts of your mouth.

If you are thinking about braces for yourself or for your child, our dentist, Dr. James B. Macomson will be happy to meet you for an exam and a consultation. If you would like to make an appointment at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA in Gastonia, North Carolina, you can call 704-215-4430 today to plan your visit.