Introduction [Attention Getter]- You are taking a selfie right? Then you see that your teeth are all messed up and crooked. Wouldn’t you want to fix that and have perfect teeth?
[Listener Relevance]- By going to your local orthodontics you can change the way your teeth look in a short period of time depending the way your teeth are. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, “An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and the teeth are more accessible to straighten.”
[Speaker Credibility]- When I was about 12 years old, I noticed that my overbite, which is when your upper front teeth stick out over the lower teeth, was really bad and that I needed to see an orthodontist. I found one that came to Burlington often and after two years my overbite was fixed and all my teeth were straight. To make sure that my teeth wouldn’t overcrowd they pulled some teeth out, two from the top and two from the bottom. Now after getting my braces off I have to wear retainers to make sure that they stay straight for the rest of my life.
[PowerPoint]- I will show you a Powerpoint of my teeth before and after braces and pictures of my overbite, gap, and crowding. [Show PowerPoint] My overbite was really bad that my teeth stuck out over my lower teeth. The gap between my teeth was so big that when my molars touched my front teeth weren’t even close to touching. Like I said earlier they had to pull some teeth to fix my overcrowding. Instead of having 28 teeth I only have 24 now after braces. Before, my teeth were really bad and you could tell that I was in desperate need of getting braces. Now, I am really happy with the results and impressed by how much my teeth have changed.
[Thesis Statement]- Having braces for your teeth is beneficial so that they can be straight. The first processes is getting your braces at the orthodontics, then you have to make sure you take great care of them, and after that you can finally get them off and get retainers. Body [Main Point #1]- Going to an orthodontist is the first step to getting braces. At the orthodontist they will check out your teeth and see what kind of problems there are. They may find problems with your bite.
The orthodontist may find an overbite or an underbite that may make it uncomfortable to eat with. They may also notice a huge gap between your upper teeth and your lower teeth. They can fix this problem with rubber bands that move your teeth forward or backwards. Another problem they could find is too much crowding or spacing between your teeth. Orthodontist might suggest you see a dentist to pull out some teeth if they are too crowded. If you have too much space in between them, they will use a chain band to bring them together.
Transition to Sub Point B- Getting braces will be a pretty big change in your life.
You will have to get used to the metal on your teeth. Your mouth may feel full and weird during the first days. Using the wax they provide will help with any discomfort in the mouth. The wax will help smooth the bracket so it doesn’t rub too much on your cheeks. The teeth may also feel sore right after getting them on. This soreness could last days before your teeth used to the wire and brackets. Eat soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, and jello since your teeth will be sensitive.
Transition to Main Point #2- During the whole process make sure to take great care of your teeth and braces.
[Main Point #2]- When having braces one of the most important things to do is making sure you take really great care of them. It is important to watch what you eat while having braces. Eating hard things can cause a bracket to break. Chewing on things like hard candies, nuts, ice, and uncooked vegetables and fruits can damage the brackets. To paraphrase Delta Dental, a way to avoid these damages is by cutting carrots, apples and other crunchy, healthy foods into bite-sized chunks before eating them.
When avoiding breaking brackets, you will also avoid having to go to the orthodontist more often and having to pay more to replace them. You should also avoid eating sticky foods and sweets. When eating sticky foods like gum and taffy it could be difficult to remove it from your braces. Delta Dental also says, “Sweets, soda and other sugary and starchy foods can promote tooth decay and gum disease.” Being cautious about what you’re eating will prevent less cavities and trips to the dentist.
Transition to Sub Point B- With eating right, make sure your hygiene stays on point. Brushing and flossing is a must when having braces. Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal. If you don’t brush your teeth often plaque can start to build up on your teeth. If you let this happen your teeth will start to get yellow around your bracket and when you get them off you may have staines of where your braces used to be. It is also very important that you floss daily. Food can easily get stuck in between your braces. This can also cause the teeth to develop some pretty bad cavities.
Transition to Main Point #3- After a year or two of taking care of your braces you will finally get the chance to get them off. [Main Point #3]- Getting your braces off will be exciting and educational. Once you get there they will make sure that everything is good so that they can take them off. First orthodontist will start by taking off the braces. They will begin with taking off your chain and opening up the bracket so that they can take out the wire. After taking off the wire they clip off the bracket and grind off any glue that is stuck to your teeth. When they are done grinding off the glue you will get to brush your teeth and have a look at your new straight teeth. Once again your teeth will feel weird without your braces on them. It will feel like your mouth is empty. Your teeth may also have this slimy feel to them when you run your tongue over them.
Transition to Sub Point B- But before you leave you will get retainers. Your orthodontist will educate you and teach you how to use your retainers. You have to make sure you wear your retainers everyday. Mostly you will only have to wear them at night when you sleep. According to the toothpaste company, Colgate, “After the braces have been removed, teeth can shift back to their original position.” Don’t waste all the time and money you invested in braces, so make sure you wear the retainer.
Transition to Conclusion- The process of having braces will be a breeze if you follow the all the directions your orthodontist gives you.
Conclusion [Goal Restatement]- In review, getting braces and having to wait a at least a year for your teeth to straighten will be totally worth it.
[Main Point Review]- Getting your braces on and taking really good care of them will pass by in a flash and the day will come when they came off and you’ll get to wear retainers for the rest of your life.
[Clincher]- After getting your braces off you will be glad you ever decided to get them on. Once said by Sean Patrick Flanery, an American actor, “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”