Posted on October 18, 2021
It is estimated that between 50 to 75% of people could benefit from orthodontic treatment. If your dentist has recommended braces, you may have been hesitant because you’re unsure about what to expect. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be a scary decision. Here is everything you need to know before starting treatment.
When it comes to getting braces, the main thing people worry about is pain. However, while the experience can be uncomfortable, the discomfort that comes from braces is actually very mild and the worst of it will only be after they are applied and after tightening. Usually, an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, is enough to mitigate this.
With braces, there are some foods you will need to avoid. Things that are very hard, crunchy, chewy, sticky, or foods that require biting into — such as apples — should be avoided, unless cut into small, easy to eat pieces. The first few days you’ll want to stick with softer foods, like pasta and yogurt, but as the discomfort subsides and you get used to your braces, you can start adding food back into your diet.
Taking care of your teeth while you have braces is something else that you need to consider. For example, you should stay away from overly sugary foods, as these can cause plaque buildup on your teeth and lead to decay. Brushing your teeth regularly is also a must, and you should use a small toothbrush to carefully brush around each bracket. Preferably, you should try to brush and floss after each meal and snack if possible.
When you first visit your orthodontist, they should give you an estimate on how long treatment will take. The exact time will depend on how misaligned your teeth are, as well as how well they respond to the treatment. On average, most children and teens will need to wear braces for about two years, with the most minor cases only needing about a year and more severe cases taking up to three. If you’re an adult who has previously worn braces and has had teeth shift since your last treatment, you may only need to wear your braces for six months to a year, after which a retainer should be used at night.
Braces can be very beneficial for those looking to fix any orthodontic problems. If you are unsatisfied with your smile, they are something you should seriously consider. While it can be a big commitment, the results are incredibly worth it. If you’re considering braces, look no further than the experts at Garcia Orthodontics!