Getting braces can be a little nerve wracking, but going in prepared can help you get over your apprehensions. Here are five important things to know about getting braces before making an appointment.
1. Braces can help at any age.
While often associated with teenagers, braces can help improve your teeth at any age as long as your teeth and gums are reasonably healthy.
2. Braces do more than just straighten teeth.
Straightening teeth is not the only function of braces, which is why your orthodontist will perform a thorough examination at your first appointment. He will check for jaw pain, loose or crowded teeth, gum issues and more.
3. Different types of braces exist, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
While traditional metal braces in a variety of forms remain the most common kind, ceramic braces are emerging as a popular alternative. Both metal and ceramic braces have advantages and disadvantages; metal braces are more durable and less expensive, while ceramic braces are more inconspicuous. Your orthodontist can help you decide which type is right for you.
4. You need to start with clean teeth.
Before your orthodontist can properly attach your new braces, your teeth must be sufficiently clean. Booking a teeth cleaning with your dentist right before you’re scheduled to have your braces put on will help you avoid any delays at your orthodontist appointment.
5. You can expect some discomfort after first getting your new braces.
So that there are no unpleasant surprises, know that you can expect some soreness and sensitivity as your mouth adjusts to its new hardware. You can take an over-the-counter painkiller to help with any minor pain, which should subside within a few weeks as you get used to your braces.
Feel free to contact our office with any other questions you may have or to schedule your consultation.