If you’re considering traditional braces for your upcoming treatment, you’re in the right place. At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your ideal smile. Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom are here to help you make the best treatment choice for your optimal smile and offer advice while on your journey to your perfect smile. Let’s discuss how to best care for your braces and get the most out of your treatment. 

What Are Traditional Braces? 

Traditional braces are what we think of when we think of orthodontists. Traditional braces are a tried and true solution for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues. They consist of metal brackets and wires, which work together to gently move your teeth to their ideal positions. The benefits of choosing traditional braces include their effectiveness and affordability. 

Preparing for Your Braces 

Before we place your braces, Dr. Burke and Dr. Beckstrom will start with a quick examination. This step is crucial for creating a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. In some cases, you may require preparatory dental or orthodontic work, such as spacers or tooth extractions, to ensure a successful experience. 

Placing Your Braces 

Getting your braces on is a quick and easy process that usually takes a couple of hours. We’ll attach brackets to your teeth and secure them with wires and small bands to hold them in place. Lucky for you, these bands come in plenty of colors, so they can be your favorite color or match an upcoming occasion. While you might experience some initial discomfort, remember that it’s only temporary, and the results will be worth it! 

Daily Care

Proper oral hygiene is crucial when you have braces. Regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash will keep your teeth and braces clean. As you leave our office, we’ll provide you with instructions and some essential tools to make your routine as effective as possible. We’ll also give you some guidance about your dietary restrictions – no more sticky foods! 

Dealing with Discomfort 

It’s normal to experience some soreness or irritation after getting your braces or following adjustments. We recommend using orthodontic wax to alleviate any rubbing or sharp edges. Over-the-counter pain relief options can also ease pain, but be sure to follow dosage recommendations, and if you’re unsure, reach out to our office. 

Adjustments and Tightening 

You’ll visit our office throughout your treatment for periodic adjustments and tightenings. These appointments are scheduled to monitor your progress and adjust treatment, ensuring your desired smile. Our staff can also answer any of your questions and help address any discomfort you may have. Neglecting care and appointments can prolong your treatment time, so stay consistent and committed to your orthodontic journey for quick results! 

Life With Braces 

Living with braces doesn’t mean putting your life on hold. You can still enjoy sports, play musical instruments, and participate in your favorite activities. It’s important to avoid foods that could damage your braces, such as sticky food, corn on the cob, and gum. We can provide tips to help you adapt to life with braces so you can continue doing the things you love. 


At Burke and Beckstrom Orthodontics, we’re here to support you every step of the way. By following the best practices outlined above and maintaining communication with our team, you’ll be well on your way to a stunning smile. Ready to start your braces journey with us? Schedule a consultation today to learn more about our treatment options. We can’t wait to meet you!