What Are Braces Like?
If you’re nervous about getting braces because you don’t know what to expect, you’re not alone. Here’s everything you’ve always wanted to know about the experience, from getting braces put on to the day they’re removed.
Putting Them On
The process of putting braces only takes an hour or two. Your orthodontist will start by cleaning and drying your teeth. They’ll then glue the brackets to each tooth and connect them with wires. These are held in the brackets with elastic bands.
The process shouldn’t hurt, but your mouth and teeth will probably be sore for a few days to a week. During this time, stick to eating soft foods and take over-the-counter pain medication if the discomfort is too severe.
Caring for Braces
Oral care is the same with or without braces, save for a few extra steps. You should brush your teeth two to three times a day for two minutes and floss daily. Remember to take elastics and other removable parts off before brushing, and don’t forget to give the wires a good cleaning as well. Self-threading floss (strips of floss with a harder end) or regular floss with a threader will help you reach between your gums and braces.
In order for your braces to do their job, they’ll need to be tightened every few weeks. At these appointments, your orthodontist will check your teeth to see how they’re progressing and to spot any problems. Then they’ll increase the pressure of the wires and elastics. Your teeth may be sore for a few days, but the pain won’t be as bad as when they were first put on.
Your orthodontist will remove the wires, use pliers to take the brackets off your teeth and then scrape any remaining glue. The next steps in your orthodontic treatment will often include wearing a retainer.
What You Can Eat
The best food to eat with braces is anything that won’t get stuck in the wires. If you just got your braces, you’ll want to stick with soft foods like smoothies, soups and pasta. Most fruits and veggies are great too, but you’ll want to cook hard stuff like apples or carrots.
Foods to avoid with braces include anything chewy, hard or crunchy. You should also steer clear of anything that you bite directly into, like corn on the cob.
Do You Need Braces?
If you think you need braces, talk to your dentist at Amazing Smile Dental in Langley. They’ll recommend the best treatment to give you the amazing smile you deserve. Call today to make an appointment and to learn more about our orthodontics services.