Getting Braces? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Humans tend to be naturally scared of what they don’t know. The perfect example would be getting dental braces. Most often, people dread getting braces and completely overlook the need for it. But if you know your options and are mentally prepared, it becomes a lot easier.

Being mentally prepared helps you calm the jitters when you are in the orthodontist’s chair. So, read on to know what to expect before getting braces.

There is No Age Restriction
It’s true that a child’s tissues are more flexible and malleable than an adult’s. But many adults take orthodontic treatment and report excellent results. As an adult going for orthodontic treatment, here’s what you need to know

  • Since the bones in an adult stop growing, some structural changes can only be accomplished with surgery.
  • The treatment may take longer than a child’s.

Types of Braces

With technological advancements, you now have various options to choose from. Talk to your orthodontist about the option that best suits you and the effect of the treatment on your teeth and positioning. Here are the 5 major options you can choose from:

1. Metal Braces – Least expensive and fastest way of fixing teeth positioning.
2. Ceramic Braces – Ceramic material in these braces has the same color and texture as teeth. They offer quick treatment but stain easily.
3. Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are on the inside of the bite and can be very difficult to clean.
4. Self-ligating Braces – These braces use braces with clips or doors instead of the traditional rubber wire. These are less painful than other types of braces.
5. Invisalign – These are clear trays that can be removed to clean teeth. Invisalign treatment is usually more expensive.

You May Need to Change Your Diet

Some foods can stick to your teeth and damage the braces. This will not only interrupt the treatment but can also hurt your teeth. Here are a few foods you will need to use caution with:

  • Popcorn
  • Bubble Gum
  • Caramel
  • Sticky or hard chocolates and candies
  • Nuts and pretzels
  • Foods that you bite onto such as carrots, apples, tough meat, etc.
  • Raw vegetables

For the first few days, you will need to stick to soup, yogurt, pasta, soft bread, etc. to avoid discomfort.

Your Teeth will Need Cleaning Several Times a Day

Oral hygiene is paramount once you get braces since food can get trapped in your teeth and cause not just bad breath but tooth decay too. always Keep a dental kit with you that you can clean your mouth after every meal.

You will Have to Wear Retainers

The treatment won’t stop right after the braces come off. You will have to wear a retainer to keep the teeth from moving back into their original position. Your orthodontist may recommend a bonded permanent retainer, so speak with them about your options.

Cost and Treatment Times Differ

The cost of your orthodontic treatment depends on factors such as the location, expertise of the orthodontist and type of the braces. In most cases, the average treatment period is 2 years, but it usually depends on the treatment that’s ideal in your situation.

While these tips will help you stay better prepared, you need to accept that some discomfort is common. Your teeth might initially be sensitive but after a week or two, you will get used to the pressure on your gums. While braces help with teeth straightening, there are a number of other benefits as well. Take good care of your teeth to sail smoothly through the treatment and your smile will be beautiful than ever.

Think you’re ready to get your orthodontic braces? Book consultation today.

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