Your teeth and gums need to be healthy before you embark on a course of orthodontic treatment. A check-up appointment is advisable before you go ahead so your dentist can make sure your teeth are decay-free and see if any fillings need replacing or repairing.
Gum inflammation or disease should also be addressed prior to treatment, so it’s a good idea to visit your hygienist. They can ‘scale and polish’ your teeth to help remove soft plaque and hard tartar deposits, ensuring they will be clean and smooth before braces are fitted. They can also teach you effective brushing and flossing techniques to use when wearing braces.