Braces FAQs

What Types of Foods Should I Avoid?

Generally speaking, you likely won’t find braces to be an uncomfortable experience and you probably won’t have to adjust your lifestyle in any type of dramatic way. There are, however, a few key types of foods you’ll want to avoid. These include:

  • Chewy foods like bagels, licorice or pizza crust.
  • Crunchy foods like popcorn, chips and hard candies.
  • Sticky foods like caramel candies or chewing gum.
  • Hard foods like nuts and hard candies.
  • Anything that requires you to bite into it, like corn on the cob or fruits like apples.

How Long Will I Have to Wear My Braces?

The answer to this particular question will vary wildly depending on who is asking it.  The type of bite or other orthodontic issue you have will absolutely play a role, and more severe issues will take more time to correct. Usually, most people wear braces from anywhere between one to two years.

How Can I Ease the Pain From Braces?

The good news is that thanks to the way braces technology has advanced in recent years, most people don’t find braces to be uncomfortable or painful at all. If you do experience bouts of pain, however, there are a few key things you can try.

First, a nice saltwater rinse will likely relieve the lion’s share of the problems you’re experiencing. If that doesn’t work, try simple over the counter painkillers or using wax on the brackets themselves.

How Much Will Braces Cost?

Again – this is a question that is difficult to answer because so many different factors play into it. The length of the treatment obviously impacts the price, as do the bite issues you’re trying to correct.

But don’t worry – your doctor will consider all of these variables carefully and will go over everything with you during your appointment so that you know exactly what to expect.

What is the Process of Putting on Braces?

The process begins with a comprehensive dental exam that includes x-rays, detailed photographs and more. Your doctor will then examine your health records as well as discuss any and all treatment plans available to you.

Brackets will be applied and strung together with a wire, and you will go to regular follow up appointments to make any necessary adjustments (like changing the wire).

How Do I Care For My Braces?

First, you need to be aware that you will have to brush and floss in between your teeth AND in between your brackets. Likewise, you should always brush your teeth after eating – though you should really be doing that anyway.

Always use mouthwash or rinse after flossing, and use an interdental toothbrush. Likewise, be sure to visit your dentist for regular cleanings.

Will Braces Interfere With My Lifestyle?

No! Most people find that braces do not really hinder you from normal activities. Just pay extra attention to oral hygiene and be sure to avoid foods like those listed above.

What is the Best Age to Visit the Orthodontist?

As early as possible – especially to get a pre-orthodontic observation. That way, you can quickly identify what type of bite issues your child might have WHILE the jaw is still developing. Adults should visit the orthodontist as well, as teeth, move regularly and can develop issues as one gets older.

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