What Foods Will I Need To Avoid With Braces?
When you first get braces, Dr. Smith will give you a list of foods to avoid. These are typically hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage your braces or get caught in them. Hard foods like nuts and candy can break brackets or loosen wires, while sticky foods like gum can get stuck in the braces and be difficult to remove. Chewy foods like bagels and pizza crusts can also cause problems, as they can bend or break wires. However, with careful planning, you can enjoy a wide variety of foods, even with braces.
How Long Will I Need To Wear Braces?
The time you’ll need to wear braces depends on a few factors. The severity of your orthodontic issues will play a role in how long you’ll need to wear braces. In general, the younger you are when you get braces, the shorter the treatment time will be. This is because children’s teeth are still developing, so they can be more easily moved into the correct position.
Ultimately, your individual orthodontic needs will determine the length of time you’ll need to wear braces. However, most people can expect to wear braces for one to two years before achieving their desired results.
Do Braces Hurt?
Anyone who has ever worn braces knows how uncomfortable they can be at first. The good news is that the discomfort is only temporary! You should feel more at ease once your mouth adjusts to the pressure and feeling of the appliances. And as your treatment progresses, you’ll probably notice that the pain lessens even more. Of course, some discomfort may occur after certain appointments, such as when your braces are first applied or tightened. However, braces are not meant to be painful, and most patients adjust quickly.
How Do I Care For My Braces?
Taking extra care of your teeth and gums when you have braces is essential. Be sure to brush thoroughly at least twice a day and floss at least once daily. Use an interdental brush in addition to floss to help clean around the wires. It is also essential to avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage the wires or loosen the brackets. Be sure to see Dr. Smith for regular checkups so that they can make any necessary adjustments. With proper care, your braces will help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile.
Do I Still Need To See My General Dentist With Braces?
Even though you may have seen an orthodontist for your braces, you will still need to see your general dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. Many people think that once they have braces, they no longer need to see their dentist, but this is not the case. While orthodontists specialize in straightening teeth, caring for your oral health is best-taken care of by your general dentist. In addition, even with braces, it is still possible to develop cavities and other dental problems. Therefore, you must continue seeing your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup.