10 Things You Want To Know About Braces

Posted on April 22, 2022 | Hot Topics | Orthodontics

10 Things You Want To Know About Braces

So you’re curious about braces? Whatever the reason, you’ve found yourself wondering about braces; you’re not alone! Over four-million Americans are wearing braces at this very moment. Here are a few things you should know before embarking on your orthodontic journey. 

1. Make sure to bring lip balm with you

Bringing lip balm with you can save your lips from discomfort during the application process. Applying the brackets to your teeth can take a couple hours and there’s no way to moisten your lips during that time. You’ll save yourself lots of discomfort if you apply lip balm before they start applying your braces.

2. You may talk differently

You may notice that your talk a little differently once you get your braces applied to your teeth. That’s totally normal! When applying metal brackets to your teeth, there’s almost no way it doesn’t impact how you speak. But don’t worry, after a little bit of time you’ll get used to talking with your brand new braces!

3. Getting braces can be uncomfortable

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Getting braces can hurt. You’re getting two rows of metal brackets attached to your teeth! The process of getting the applied can take up to two hours and can cause some discomfort. Try taking the rest of the day off to drink your favorite smoothie and watch a movie. And don’t worry you’ll adjust quickly to your new braces and in no time you won’t even remember what you looked like before braces!

4. Flossing is a challenge 

Let’s be honest, flossing has never been the easiest activity (although it’s definitely the most important!) and your new braces don’t make it any easier! Some things you might find helpful in flossing with braces are a floss threader that will help pull regular floss through the the gap or a water flosser which uses as narrow stream of water to displace leftover food particles. Whichever method you choose, it’s most important that you’re taking good care of cleaning your teeth. 

5. Food will get stuck in your braces

It is inevitable that food will get stuck in your braces. We recommend taking a braces care kit with you when you go places so you can clean your braces when needed. This could include a toothbrush, braces-friendly toothpaste, floss, and a floss threader. Parents, definitely remember to pack your child something like this in their backpack for school.

6. Tightening is essential but can hurt

Tightening of your braces is essential in getting that perfect smile you’re looking for but it’s important that you’re aware it can hurt a little. You may find that you’re a little sore after getting your braces tightened. 

7. Braces will make your lips look different

The hardware that comes with braces can make your lips look a little different as it will push your lips out making them look more pronounced. 

8. Wax is a lifesaver

Orthodontic wax can be applied to the brackets on your teeth to protect your lips from rubbing or abrasions. This can be a huge relief during the first few months! Make sure you talk to your orthodontist about how to properly apply the wax to your brackets. And don’t forget to remove the wax before you eat. 

9. Your bite is as important as straight teeth

Braces aren’t just for straightening the alignment of your teeth. They are also crucial to correcting your bite. An over or underbite are just as important as the position of your teeth when it comes to the perfect smile. Correcting your bite might add to the overall time of your treatment but it will be totally worth it!

10. Your smile is worth the investment

All the pain and discomfort that you endure with braces will fade into the distance the moment you get your braces off and see that beautiful straight smile. There isn’t really a comparison to the feeling of that new perfect smile.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting braces, contact our office to setup an appointment. We’ve been treating children in the Ann Arbor area for years!


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