Things You Should Know Before Getting Braces

things to know before getting braces

Getting braces is definitely something you should be excited about because they not only straighten your teeth but also allow you to enjoy a beautiful smile. But, if you are like most patients, apprehensive about getting braces, you may have a few concerns before you approach an orthodontist.

In this article, we’ve talked about what to know before getting braces. Reading through this information will give you a much better idea of what to expect during your time with braces.

1) You Can Get Braces at Any Age

Although you’ll see more children and teenagers wearing braces, you are never too old to get braces. Anyone of any age can have a straight and beautiful smile with braces.

2) The Cost of Orthodontic Treatment May Vary

The braces treatment surely doesn’t come cheap, and the price of your braces may vary according to your age, location, the clinic you visit, and any other treatments that may be involved. The price may also vary depending on the types of braces you choose. Moreover, if you opt for invisible braces, you will be paying more as the cost of manufacturing them is higher than metal braces.

3) Choosing the Right Orthodontist Is Important

During your orthodontic treatment, you’ll be seeing your orthodontist a lot for a long period. So, select the best orthodontist who makes you feel at ease and understands your concerns. Acquainting yourself with your orthodontist and asking him/her all the questions pertaining to pre and post-treatment will give you a better idea of what to expect. Also, speak to the other members at the clinic so that you know who’s involved in your orthodontic treatment before you get braces.

4) Know What to Expect When You Are Getting Braces

The Placement Day

Placing the teeth braces is not at all painful. But getting used to having braces in your mouth may take time. You may take longer than usual to eat your meals as your mouth adjusts to your new braces. In certain cases, your teeth may tend to feel more sensitive than normal.

Avoid difficult-to-chew foods and follow a softer, more liquid-like diet consisting of foods like porridge, cheese, macaroni, mashed potatoes, yogurt, soups, milkshakes, and smoothies for the first couple of days after having your braces placed.

Two-Three Days After Placement

The first few days after getting braces can be a bit uncomfortable as your teeth have just begun their realignment process and are getting used to the new pressure of the archwire and orthodontic elastic bands.
Your orthodontist may give you relief wax to apply on your teeth braces as and when you need it. This wax helps create a smooth surface and reduces any irritation that you may be experiencing on your inner cheeks and lips because of the wires.

First Week with Braces

The first week of braces pain is accompanied by slight irritation and discomfort. This pain should disappear after five days. The first week is a good enough time for your teeth to become used to the braces. Eating soft foods becomes easier. Gradually, you can resume your normal eating routine provided you know what foods to eat with braces and what to avoid.

5) You Can Easily Deal with the Slight Discomfort You Experience After Braces

Your orthodontist may prescribe over-the-counter pain medication and orthodontic relief wax to reduce any pain, discomfort, and soreness you may experience after getting your braces or post-orthodontic adjustments. Another effective solution for braces pain relief is chewing sugar-free gum which helps increase the blood flow to your gums and also encourages your teeth to align faster.
If your brackets or archwires become loose or your teeth braces break, make sure that you call your orthodontist immediately. Again, delaying this can mean that you’ll have to wear your braces for longer than expected.

6) Retainers Need to Be Worn After Braces Removal

Your treatment doesn’t stop after your teeth braces come off. You need to keep the newly positioned teeth from moving back to their original positions, and therefore retainers after braces serve as an important part of orthodontic treatment.
A set of retainers is created from the mold of your mouth. Your treatment plan will decide what type of retainer is suitable for you: permanent or removable.

Getting braces is a fine investment you’ll make to give yourself a smile that you can be proud of. Now that you know everything to know about braces, it’s time to consult your orthodontist to discuss your treatment options. Schedule an appointment with Putnam Orthodontics in Carmel and Briarcliff today!

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Dr. Satish Pai

Dr. Satish Pai – an Ivy League trained dentist and a faculty at Columbia University, believes that a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great while boosting confidence.  As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics, he is dedicated to not only creating perfect smiles for his patients but also educating people with his engaging articles about all things related to a perfect smile and oral health. Spending time with his family always brings a smile on his face. 

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