11 Burning Questions You Need to Find Answers to Before You Get Braces
Many people dream about a beautiful smile and straight teeth. And it seems all you need is a qualified orthodontist who can mount dental braces. But before you schedule an appointment, you have to study this topic. We’ve decided to raise some disturbing questions that worry people before they get their braces. Yes, each situation is unique, so we’ll describe the average situations only.
11. Do braces damage tooth enamel and cause tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by bad oral hygiene. To avoid this, you have to brush your teeth after each meal. To brush teeth with braces, you need 3 toothbrushes (a normal one, an orthodontic one, and a spiral one) and different types of brushes to clean your teeth between the brackets and the wire. It’s also great to use an oral irrigator that can easily remove food particles. On average, it takes 10-15 minutes to clean your teeth thoroughly.
Braces don’t damage the enamel if you observe one rule: thorough teeth brushing. If you fail to follow this rule, white spots may occur on your enamel. These spots indicate that your teeth are in danger
10. How long will I have to wear braces?
On average, people wear braces for 1.5-2 years, but sometimes it takes even longer. In the most difficult cases, the process can last for 4 years. Additionally, braces can also be different: metal, ceramic, sapphire, metal self-ligating, ceramic self-ligating, and lingual. They differ in their efficiency, price, and the amount of time you need to wear them.
9. Is it painful to mount braces?
The process is painless but it’s rather long, it may take around one hour. First, the brace system is installed on the upper teeth, then after 2 months, it’s installed on the lower teeth. The most complicated and unpleasant time is the first days after installation. During these days, it’s better to eat oatmeal, mashed potatoes, and other soft foods. Then your teeth will get used to the braces, and the pain will go away.
8. How often should I visit an orthodontist?
As a rule, it’s recommended to visit an orthodontist once every 2 months to replace the wire. During an appointment, only one wire, either a lower or an upper one, should be replaced. If needed, an orthodontist may add various orthodontic things like rubber chains, springs, and so on. Also, once every 4 months, you have to do a professional dental cleaning since braces may contribute to dental plaque and tooth decay.
7. Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed if I want to get braces?
Sometimes, in order to get all the teeth straight, it may be necessary to remove wisdom teeth. But this is not always needed.
6. Do braces leave scratches and cuts?
Dental braces move as they try to arrange your teeth in the right place. So the wire may also move and hurt your cheek with its sharp edge. To avoid this, orthodontic wax can be used to cover the wire.
5. Will I be allowed to eat solid food?
It’s better to stop eating nuts or crispbreads since they can damage the braces. It’s also recommended to cut, not bite, solid products like fruits. There are no other restrictions, though. By the way, many people lose some weight while wearing braces because they don’t want to have to brush their teeth after eating.
4. How do I eat in public places?
Many people with braces may feel awkward while eating in public places since food particles can get stuck in the wire. This problem can be easily solved: you should have a special brush for braces and dental floss that you carry with you. If you don’t have any tools, you can just rinse your mouth with water.
3. Once the braces are removed, can my teeth shift again?
After removing the braces, you will have to wear a retainer: this apparatus will continue holding the teeth in the right place. The retainer is put over the appropriate row of teeth from the inside. Teenagers usually wear it for 2 years. As for adults, in most cases, they have to wear their retainers for life, but it’s not that bad since it’s almost unnoticeable. The only problem you may face is having to visit an orthodontist to fix your broken retainer.
Additionally, you’ll need to wear a night dental guard before going to bed for about 2 years.
2. Can I whiten my teeth after my braces are taken off?
After getting their braces removed, many people want to make their smile white. But doctors don’t recommend doing it right away and some of them are even against this procedure altogether as the process of teeth whitening washes calcium away and makes them more sensitive.
It’s better to wait until 6 months after your braces have been removed to whiten your teeth. Before the procedure, it’s recommended to strengthen your teeth with a special calcium gel.
1. Are adults allowed to get braces?
Pregnant and nursing women, people suffering from severe periodontitis, and children under 12 years old aren’t recommended to get braces. Adults can and sometimes are even recommended to have braces put on. Before getting them, you should visit a periodontist to make sure your gums can cope with the procedure. By the way, some adults have to wear braces before they get prosthetics: for example, if one tooth falls out, the rest may shift. To hold them in the right place, a dental system is installed. Adults have to wear braces for a longer period of time than teenagers.