Dental braces are a vital tool in achieving a healthy, beautiful smile. In this blog, we’ll discuss how you can properly track your braces progress. Whether you are an adult starting this journey or a parent supporting your teen, understanding the process and tracking progress is essential for ensuring a seamless treatment and a healthy, happy smile.

The Process of Braces

The braces journey begins with a comprehensive evaluation by your orthodontist. This first visit involves a thorough examination, including X-rays and digital impressions. Your orthodontist will assess your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the best treatment plan.

During your follow-up appointment, brackets are attached to your teeth and connected with a wire. Those opting for Invisalign will receive custom aligner trays. Fitting the trays or attaching the braces is painless, but you may experience slight discomfort as your teeth adjust.

You will visit your orthodontist every 6-10 weeks for adjustments and braces progress checks. These visits ensure that your braces are aligning your teeth correctly. Invisalign users will receive new trays periodically to continue the straightening process.

After one to two years, your teeth will have achieved the desired alignment, and your braces can be removed. Wearing your retainer as instructed is crucial to prevent your teeth from shifting back.

Why Braces Are Important

Braces are more than just a tool for straightening teeth; they offer numerous health benefits: Braces can fix overbites, underbites, and crossbites, which, if left untreated, can lead to jaw discomfort and uneven tooth wear.

Teeth that are straighter are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. A straighter smile can also significantly enhance self-esteem, especially during the formative teenage years.

Tracking Your Braces Progress

Monitoring your braces progress is key to a successful orthodontic journey. Here are some tips:

  • Take photos: Visually track changes over time by taking pictures of your smile. (Plus, then you can look back and see how far you’ve come!)
  • Track your bite: You will notice that your bite will improve during the braces process. Both eating and speaking may also become easier.
  • Reduced discomfort: As your braces treatment continues, you will feel less discomfort than when you first had them placed.
  • Feedback from your orthodontist: During your appointment, we will assess how your treatment is progressing and keep you updated on the next steps.

Braces with Exeter Smiles

At Exeter Smiles, we are committed to making your orthodontic journey as smooth and successful as possible. Our experienced orthodontists will guide you through every step, from the initial consultation to the final retainer fitting, keeping you updated on your braces progress every step of the way. With a focus on personalized care and support, we ensure that you or your teen will achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.

Ready to begin your journey with braces? Contact Exeter Smiles today for a free consultation and take the first step toward a confident, radiant smile.