If you have crooked or malaligned teeth, the thought of getting braces might have definitely crossed your mind, isn’t it? A large number of people visit their orthodontist for a braces consultation but eventually back out for various reasons– metal-mouth looks, cost, time, or improper understanding of the treatment.
As a candidate for braces, we understand you have lots of questions and fears. We have got you the top or most commonly asked questions to help alleviate your fears and worries about braces treatment.
Top FAQs About Braces
Am I too old for braces? Is there the right age for braces?
Many adults feel that their ‘age’ for getting braces has passed and that braces are for kids. However, this is not true. A large majority of braces patients are over 21 years of age and some are well over 45 too! Braces have nothing to do with age and are recommended for everyone who has healthy teeth and gums and requires teeth straightening.
How should I take care of my teeth during my braces treatment?
Braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are stuck on teeth and a wire is passed through them to bring about tooth movement. It is obvious to wonder “How can I clean my teeth with all this?” While one alternative is to opt for clear aligners that are removable in nature, here’s how you can keep your teeth and gums clean during your braces treatment:
- Continue brushing your teeth twice a day but add one extra step– brush after every meal.
- Always use fluoride-containing toothpaste while brushing as it protects your teeth from cavities.
- Avoid foods that contain excessive sugar as it can cause tooth decay and cavities.
- Do not eat chewy, sticky and hard foods as these can dislodge your brackets or break them, thereby delaying your treatment.
- Flossing is possible even while wearing your braces. Consult with your orthodontist or dentist on how to do it.
Do braces hurt?
Are you deferring your braces treatment because you fear it will hurt? Well, there is a common misconception that all dental treatments hurt. However, the truth is that all dental treatments do not hurt.
When it comes to braces, let us clarify one fact– braces do hurt a bit. When your orthodontist tightens the wires to bring your teeth into alignment, your teeth begin moving in the bone. This movement causes pain in the teeth, gum, and cheek but this is not unbearable.
Are braces expensive?
Are you of the thought that dental treatments are expensive and so are braces? Well, the truth is that braces treatment is very affordable and the cost of it is spread over your treatment time. This means that you do not have to make all the payment for the treatment in one go.
Are there alternatives to metal braces?
When you think of braces, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is an adolescent kid flashing metallic braces, isn’t it? Well, orthodontics and dentistry have come a long way and you do not have to wear a metallic smile to correct your crooked teeth. Two popular alternatives to metal braces include:
- Ceramic braces: This type of braces are made from tooth-coloured ceramic material and the shade can be matched with your teeth. Due to this, they are not as conspicuous as metallic braces from long distances. Apart from being superior in aesthetics, ceramic braces are also more comfortable to the wearer compared to metallic braces. Ceramic braces come in the regular variety as well as self-ligating type. The self-ligating ceramic braces use a slightly different technology wherein your teeth move quicker than regular braces. The metal wire in the ceramic braces is still visible therefore ceramic braces are not invisible.
- Aligners: While ceramic braces are less conspicuous than metallic braces, the most aesthetic way to straighten your teeth is using clear aligners or invisible braces. Aligners are medical-grade polymer trays that are worn on upper and lower teeth and bring about tooth movement. They are removable, easy to maintain and completely invisible when worn. No one can get to know, even from a close distance that you are undergoing teeth straightening treatment.
Are braces only to improve my smile?
Braces are not just for correcting your smile or improving it. In fact, most people do not realize that getting your teeth aligned is not for aesthetic purposes solely but has functional benefits too. Some of these include:
- Well-aligned teeth are easy to brush, floss and maintain.
- Lesser chances of cavities and gum diseases as teeth and gums are well-balanced and in proper alignment.
- Eliminates jaw problems or jaw joint issues.
- Having a great smile boosts self-confidence
What Happens After My Braces Treatment?
Once your braces treatment is complete, your orthodontist will remove your brackets, wires and all other accessories. After a thorough tooth and gum cleaning is done, measurements of your upper and lower teeth are made for the fabrication of retainers.
Retainers are plastic trays, that look similar to aligners, but help hold your teeth in their new positions without causing any movements. You will need to wear these retainers for at least 18-24 months based on your orthodontist’s recommendation. Some people are advised to wear their retainers always. Some dentists prefer to give fixed retainers, which is a thin wire attached to the backside of your teeth and is not visible to anyone. Fixed retainers help to prevent relapse of your teeth straightening treatment.
Also read: Clear Aligners Before and After
If you wish to get your teeth aligned or correct your smile, you have arrived at the right place. At 32Watts, we take utmost care to provide you with the best clear aligner treatment and our orthodontists are available to answer all your queries along the way. Connect with us today!