Getting Braces Soon? Here’s What You Should Know Before Hand

There are plenty of urban legends and rumours out there but here is the actually info

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Getting braces can seem like a pretty scary thing. Thanks to all the urban legends and rumours floating about that would have you believe they’re painful, dangerous, and all around awful. But as a former brace face, I can tell you most of these are untrue.

But what are braces actually like? Well if you’re going to get some there probably are a few things you should know but definitely nothing as bad as what you’ve heard through the grapevine.

1.There are a lot of appointments involved

Getting braces on is just the first step. After you will probably need to visit the orthodontist on a semi-regular basis, to get them tightened, which is what helps keep your teeth moving into the right position. The frequency of appointments will depend on your case, but will get less often the longer you have them on.

2. Luckily there isn’t much pain involved

This might surprise a lot of people but there is very little pain involved with braces. The process of getting braces on is actually very gentle and shouldn’t cause too much soreness. You’re mouth and gums might be a bit sensitive and tender when you’re first getting used to them, and also after getting them tightened, but the pain shouldn’t be severe and normally goes away in a few days. Until then it’s soup and smoothies to help avoid irritation!

3. You may have to give up some foods

Unfortunately a lot of different foods can damage braces so you may have to switch up your diet a bit. Your orthodontist will mention these to you but in general stay away from tough, hard foods that you have to bite into like corn on the cob, nuts, ribs, and things like that. There are also some surprising foods to avoid like crusty rolls, chewing gum, and bagels.

4. They do take some maintenance

You’re brushing routine is going to get a little bit longer, as you have to clean in-between you’re braces with a special tiny brush. It might take awhile to get used to, but eventually it’ll become second nature and you won’t even have to think about it. This step really shouldn’t be skipped as cleaning can actually help the braces move your teeth into position and if not done you might have to wear you’re braces for longer.

5. If you play sports, you’ll need a mouth guard

A mouth guard is a necessity if you’re playing sports. It will help protect the inside of your cheeks and your gums from getting cut by the braces in case of a fall or shove.

6. The work doesn’t end when your braces come off  

Once you say bye bye braces, you’ll probably say hello retainer. A retainer is kind of like a thin mouth guard or a splint that stops you’re teeth from moving back into their old position (and yes they can do that, but if you wear your retainer it shouldn’t be an issue.) When you need to wear the retainer will depend on your case, but most people start off on 24-hours, taking it off for meals only, then switch to just at night after a few months.

 

It might seem like a lot but most of this becomes second nature once you actually get your braces on. It’s really not as terrifying as it might seem, but if you have any questions or concerns most orthodontists are happy to help and should have the answers.


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