What Should You Know Before and After Braces?

Getting braces is an exciting step toward achieving a straight and healthy smile. However, before and after getting braces, there are many aspects to consider to ensure a smooth and successful orthodontic experience. Understanding what lies ahead can help you make informed decisions, navigate potential challenges, and embrace the transformative process of orthodontic care.

what to know before and after having braces in Grafton

Before Braces

Consultation with Dr. Amanda

You will collaborate closely with our Treatment Coordinator and Dr. Amanda during the one-hour initial examination for new patients. Photographs and X-rays will be taken to enable Dr. Amanda to identify any areas of concern. When arranging your examination, you can share your insurance information, and we will be happy to provide details about your orthodontic benefits. 

Understanding the Treatment Process

It’s crucial to have a clear understanding of the treatment process. Dr. Amanda will explain the type of braces suitable for you, how long the treatment will be, and any lifestyle adjustments. Grafton Orthodontics provides a variety of orthodontic options, allowing us to craft a plan that suits your needs, goals, and budget.

Oral Hygiene Preparation

Good oral hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment. Establishing good oral hygiene habits sets the foundation for maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout treatment. It’s important to learn good brushing and flossing habits to ensure effective cleaning around brackets and wires. You may also consider investing in tools like an interdental brush to keep your teeth and braces clean.

After Braces

Follow-Up Appointments

Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Amanda are essential. These appointments allow our team to monitor your progress, address concerns, and make necessary adjustments. Our front desk team will assist you in scheduling each appointment. Typically, appointments are every 6-8 weeks, though the frequency may vary based on the specific treatment or appliances involved. It’s important to note that emergency appointments and appointments for placing or removing braces are typically scheduled in the midmorning (9 am-12 pm). This timing allows Dr. Amanda to accommodate more patients during the before and after school hours.


Post-braces and retainers play a crucial role in maintaining your newly aligned teeth. Teeth tend to shift over time, and the retainer helps secure them in their aligned state. Consistent and proper use of the retainer ensures the longevity of your orthodontic investment. Skipping or neglecting retainer wear can lead to gradual misalignment, potentially requiring additional corrective measures. Follow Dr. Amanda’s recommendations on wearing retainers to ensure the longevity of your results.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene

Even after braces are removed, maintaining excellent oral hygiene remains very important. Regular brushing, flossing, and using any recommended oral hygiene tools, help prevent plaque buildup. Following this routine will help reduce cavities and gum issues. Overall, investing time and effort in oral hygiene sustains the cosmetic benefits of the treatment and contributes to long-term oral health.

Knowledge and preparation are essential to a successful orthodontic journey. Scheduling a consultation with Dr.Amanda, understanding the treatment process, maintaining oral hygiene, and making necessary lifestyle adjustments all contribute to a positive experience. We are here to help answer any of your questions. Please call Grafton Orthodontics today at 262.377.8950 for more information about getting started!