Getting braces may be a daunting time for your child. They may be scared about how much it will hurt or worried that they’ll have to give up activities. It may be relieving to know that any activity can be continued once your child gets braces. Here are answers for top questions about braces.
What Happens When Braces Are Put On?
It takes around 45 minutes for the entire procedure. Your teeth will be polished and primed with a solution for the adhesive. What is applied next is the bonding glue and the brackets are placed. Next, the arch wire is slid through and held in place with elastics. Ties are not used unless you are wearing self-ligating braces.
Do Braces Hurt?
Patients may be a little fearful and wonder, “Do braces hurt?” Interestingly, the fact is that braces are not painful.
The forces braces apply to the teeth, however, may cause discomfort. There is usually no pain associated with the placement of braces. When wires are placed onto those braces and begin to move the teeth, those wires can ultimately cause discomfort; however, that doesn’t usually happen immediately. It usually occurs the following day – and dissipates soon thereafter.
In the past, patients who had braces put on would suffer discomfort for weeks on end but, today, a patient who initiates orthodontics usually experiences some discomfort on the second and third days after the braces are put on and, beyond that point, their teeth will not be sore at all. Feel free to contact us for more questions about braces.
It is important to monitor this in treatment because, if pain persists beyond the first few days, it may be caused by something the orthodontist should address, such as ineffective rubber band wear or wires that may not be doing just what the orthodontist were designed to do. Persistent pain in orthodontics is not a good sign.
Do Braces Interfere with Sports?
Concerned patients ask, “If I go into orthodontics, will I still be able to play my sports?” And I assure them that I have had patients play every contact sport imaginable, with any appliance that we construct in this office.
Also, the mouthpieces required by some sports can be adapted to fit around any orthodontic appliance we construct, so we feel confident that sports will not interfere with the timing of orthodontics, nor do they adversely affect the decision as to whether or not a patient should have orthodontics. In our minds, orthodontics is not a barrier to sports, nor is participation in sports a barrier to orthodontics.
Are There Alternatives to Metal Braces?
While metal braces are still one of the most popular options there are other options. There are plastic and even ceramic braces that straighten teeth the same way metal braces do. A common alternative that is also one of the best alternatives to metal braces is Invisalign. Invisalign is made from plastic and will gradually straighten teeth over time. One of the reasons Invisalign is so popular is because it has the capability to be removed for cleaning along with eating.
Are Braces Available for Adults?
Most people think of teenagers when they think of braces. Many people do get braces during their teenage years but there are more adults receiving braces as the years go on. Invisalign was initially made for adults so they had a discreet alternative to braces. Contact us for more questions about braces.
Other Than Improving My Smile, What Do Braces Do?
A lot of people look at braces only as a cosmetic treatment. Of course, there are benefits to having a more confident straighter smile, there are also many health-related reasons to get braces. Some patients may need their entire bit straightened rather than their individual teeth. Having this corrected can keep your mouth cleaner and healthier. Along with that you can resolve issues such as painful chewing or long-term jaw pain. You will also notice a decrease in fewer cavities, gingivitis and you will overall be more pleased with how your teeth look.
How Long Do People Have to Wear Braces?
The average time people wear braces is 1 to 3 years, but that just depends on the person. It is different for everyone. A major factor is cooperation from the patient. This includes wear auxiliaries such as rubber bands as directed, having good oral hygiene, keeping all of the follow up appointments and avoiding any damaging food.
What Happens When Braces Are Removed?
A special tool is used to gently remove and loosen the brackets as well as the wires. The glue and polished are scraped off so they are nice and smooth and ready to be shown to the world.
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