As you transform your smile, it’s common to ask your orthodontist questions about malocclusion, braces, and oral hygiene tips, but what about the questions that pertain to your everyday life? Well, if you have these questions, we are happy to help you! Here are some answers that may make your life with braces a little easier:
How long will I have braces?
Your treatment time will depend on the condition of your smile. If your teeth are severely misaligned or if you have an unhealthy bite, the treatment process may take longer. If you just have a few misaligned teeth and small bite issues, your smile will change quickly. Generally, treatment can last anywhere from 9 months to 5 years, but treatment usually lasts 18-24 months.
Is it possible to look cool with braces?
Yes, you can definitely look cool with braces. In fact, the appliance is so common that many see braces as the jewels of the smile. You can also decorate your appliance by choosing different orthodontic bands that are wrapped around the brackets. Many offices also let you decorate your smile with multiple colors.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt?
Braces don’t generally cause pain, but they do cause some soreness. As your appliance applies pressure to your teeth, your teeth will quickly shift and change, making your oral cavity sore. This is completely normal and can be fixed with over-the-counter pain medications. Many people also find that the brackets and wires irritate and cut the lips and cheeks. If you are experiencing this irritation, you can cover your brackets and wires with orthodontic wax.
Can I still play sports even though I have braces?
Yes, you are more than welcome to continue playing sports while you have braces. However, we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard while you do so. Wearing a guard will protect your smile and appliance from injuries.
What can I eat while I have braces?
You can eat your favorite foods whenever you would like, but we do, however, strongly recommend avoiding the following foods:
• Chunky peanut butter
• Gummy bears
• Hard candies
We also recommend cutting hard-to-eat foods, like bagels, corn on the cob, apples, hamburgers, and carrots, into small pieces before you eat them.
If you have any questions that weren’t included in this blog, we encourage you to call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we are happy to do so by answering your many orthodontic questions!