Now is the time to get the answers you need to live a full, complete, and easy life with braces, and we are happy to help you! Sometimes the orthodontic office is so busy that you can hardly ask the questions you’ve been wondering for quite some time. So, we are here to give you the answers you need to the following questions:
How long will I need to have braces?
Treatment time varies from patient to patient, and your orthodontist is the only one who can give you an individualized treatment plan that answers your question. However, in general, treatments can last anywhere from 9 months to 5 years. Although this may be the case, we usually see treatment plans that last around 18-24 months.
Can I look cool with braces?
Yes, you can most definitely look cool with braces. Because braces are so common, many see braces as jewels for the smile, making the smile shiney and worth a million bucks. You can also look cool by decorating your braces with different colored rubber bands. At our office, you can choose one or more colors that wrap around your brackets and add flavor to your smile.
Do braces hurt?
Braces don’t necessarily hurt, but they do tend to cause some soreness, which is completely normal. The soreness means that the braces are doing their job, moving your teeth and transforming your smile. The soreness only lasts for a couple of days and can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication. Your appliance may also cut your lips and cheeks from time to time, but that can be easily fixed with orthodontic wax. Just place the wax over the bracket or wire that is poking you and it will provide the comfort you need.
Can I still play sports even though I have braces?
You can most definitely play sports while you have braces. The appliance will not affect your game in any way. We do, however, strongly recommend that you wear a mouth guard while you play. The guard will protect your teeth and appliance from the hard, forceful objects that hit it.
What foods are harmful to my braces?
We recommend staying away from hard-to-eat, sticky foods, like caramel, taffy, hard candies, popcorn, and gum. We also recommend cutting particular foods into small pieces before you eat them, like hamburgers, corn on the cob, apples, pears, and bagels.
If you continue to have questions, we encourage you to call our office today and ask one of our orthodontic team members. We will be happy to help you in any way we can, even if we are busy!