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How to Prepare for Your Braces Tightening Appointment

If you’re visiting an orthodontist for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming. After all, you’ll be getting fitted with braces and there are many steps involved in the process. That’s why it’s important to know what to expect during your braces tightening appointment so you can stay informed and relaxed throughout the entire process. Here are a few of the most important things to do before your braces tightening appointment.

Brush Your Teeth Well 

Before your braces tightening appointment, make sure that you brush your teeth well. This means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time. You should also floss daily and use an antiseptic mouthwash to help keep your teeth clean and healthy while wearing braces. Brushing and flossing will help prevent plaque buildup which can cause problems in-between visits.

Prepare Any Questions 

Your orthodontist may have questions for you about how well your braces are fitting or if any adjustments need to be made. It’s helpful to come prepared with any questions that you may have about the process or about any other concerns that you may have regarding your teeth or jaw alignment. This will ensure that all of your questions get answered during the visit and that nothing gets overlooked during the appointment. 

OTC PainKillers 

In some cases, after a brace tightening appointment, people may experience some discomfort as they adjust to their new braces settings. While this is normal, it is recommended that you take over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen before the appointment if you are particularly sensitive or easily prone to discomfort due to dental procedures like this one. It’s best practice to check with your doctor before taking any medications though!  

A brace tightening appointment can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be! By brushing twice daily and flossing regularly, coming prepared with any questions or concerns, and potentially taking over-the-counter painkillers beforehand, anyone should feel well-equipped when visiting their orthodontist for a fitting or adjustment of their braces settings. Being informed beforehand is always beneficial so don’t hesitate to ask lots of questions when preparing for this critical step in achieving perfect teeth alignment!  ​​​​The more informed you are going into this procedure, the smoother the whole process will go!

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