Originally Answered: People that all ready had braces i have a couple questions.?
1) first visit: consult & fees/financing (if applicable) is discussed; then, 2nd visit (or could be 1st too): photos, impressions of upper and lower arches, and x-rays are taken; then, brackets and arch wires are put on. In some cases (based on your schedule and dentist's schedule) this procedure could be done in 1 visit. Ideally, though, there has to be some time for the dentist to study your teeth & mouth condition b4 proceeding with the work; but experienced and seasoned dentists can do it all in one seating, given the time.
2) hmmm, it's a case to case basis. Others, experience pain for several days and, believe it or not, there are others who are ok with it. One thing is true, there is pain in the beginning that lasts for a few days or so, the first time it is put on... as the tth start to move. There will be some tenderness when teeth come together that's why, it's a little hard to eat. But again, it's a case to case basis... I don't remember having that much pain... it was a breeze for me.
3) After the braces are put on, wait for AT LEAST a day before eating food; liquid diet (protein shakes and super mushy food) would do. The cement used to attach the brackets should set completely. Otherwise, you can weaken the cement and the brackets become loose in a few days; which means that you have to go back to your dentist to re-cement brackets that came off. You don't want hassles like this... Anyway, with braces, stay away from hard, crunchy, sticky, gummy food. You may want to slice your fruits like apples, etc. No corn on the cob pls.
Hey, no worries, if you will have braces, just get on with it... it's not that hard. Get it over with. You'll get along with it and find your own ways of chewing and enjoying food again.
4) Hmmm, i did not pay for my braces, a dentist friend of mine did it for me for free... Braces ranges from $2,000 - $8,000 or more for other dentists with specialty. Shop around for a dentist. Ask your friends who had or have braces about their dentists / orthodontist. Know how much money you can shell out. Having insurance helps a lot. Ask about financing. Find out how long your treatment is going to be and the possibility of spreading the payment throughout the course of treatment.
5) Braces are tightened up in 2 weeks or 1 month, etc. This depends on who you're going to. Different dentists using different techniques (though achieving same results) have their own time schedule. Majority of dentists do see their ortho patients for tightening and check-up every month.
I hope this answer your questions. Smile ; )
Good luck to you.