How Braces Work

Brackets, wires and orthodontic tools can be a little intimidating but the braces procedure is actually painless. Let’s walk through the steps to achieving a stellar smile.


You’ll stop by the office and sit down for some one-on-one attention from Dr. Sturgill. We’ll examine your teeth, jaws and mouth, take a few x-rays, pictures and impressions and present you with a diagnosis. We’ll discuss your goals, the best treatment options for your needs, the cost and what to expect. We’ll also answer questions from you or your family. When you walk out, you’ll feel informed and educated.

Put Your Braces On

This is where your smile journey starts. Your orthodontist will place your brackets, archwires and elastics. The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour and it doesn’t hurt a bit. You’ll learn the ins and outs of caring for your new braces including how to brush and floss and which foods to avoid. We’ll even give you a free t-shirt and an electric toothbrush kit that includes all of the products you’ll need.


Every so often, you’ll pop in for a quick appointment to have your braces adjusted so that your teeth move closer to their final positions. We’ll ensure your treatment is progressing as it should and go over your questions and concerns. That free t-shirt we mentioned? When you wear it to your appointments, you’ll be entered into drawings for great prizes like iPads, laptops, gift cards and more!

The Braces Come Off!

Well, you made it and now you have a fresh, new smile to show for your efforts. We’ll remove your braces, which is also a pain-free experience, and you can admire your perfectly straight teeth.


Once your braces are a thing of the past, we know you’ll want to keep your smile looking amazing. To do so, you’ll wear a retainer, which we custom fit to your mouth and adjust periodically, if necessary.

Ready to Achieve Your Dream Smile?

Find out which treatment options you’re a candidate for with a complimentary visit. We’ll evaluate your needs and create a teeth-straightening plan that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
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