Read This Before Getting Braces! 5 Things to Know First

From an early age, teeth start to show inconsistencies in alignment or shape. As you grow older, it can become apparent that the teeth are in need of some straightening up. While this is a fairly natural and common process, many teens and young adults dread having to get the wiry bands for several years. We find it’s often easier if patients know what to expect with braces.

In today’s world of modern dental medicine, braces are not something to be feared. In fact, it can be something fun for the young ones to enjoy, with plenty of colored rubber band options and frequent trips to the Riverside dentist to be given praises and progress reports. Getting braces is easier and more effective than ever.

But there are still a few things you should know first.

At Star Dental Group Riverside, we pride ourselves in dental excellence for patients old, young, and in between. It’s never too late to get braces. If you are considering orthodontics for yourself or your child, you may be wondering what to expect with braces.

1. Get a Full Assessment

You’re certain that you need braces; however, it’s important to get a full dental assessment before jumping to conclusions. In most cases, you may have other dental work that needs to get done before the braces can be put on. Colgate recommends getting a full dental cleaning from your orthodontist before you go in for your braces appointment. You may also need to have other work done such as a cavity filling or even wisdom teeth removal before you can start with your orthodontics.

2. Know How to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is an important task that must be done every day. However, it’s arguably even more important while you’re wearing braces. This is because you will find brushing your teeth to be a tad more difficult.

You should invest in small, travel-sized toothbrushing kits so you can always clean your teeth out no matter where you are. Since you won’t be able to do a deep cleaning job as you can without braces, it’s important to brush more often, and right after you eat.

3. Expect Some Pain

The number one question that patients ask before getting braces is whether or not to expect pain. This is a difficult question to answer because pain thresholds are different for everybody. However, it’s important that you do expect a little bit of pain during the braces application procedure.

The pain associated with braces is usually mild. Most people describe it as tightness or soreness, which is expected due to the fact that the braces are trying to pull your teeth in a certain direction. You will feel the strongest amount of pain within the first few days after the braces are applied, and the pain will start to dissipate soon after.

4. Avoid Chewy or Hard Foods

When wondering what to expect with braces, your diet is probably near the top of the list. If you’re a fan of hard candy, popcorn, or bubblegum, you should make the most of it while you can, because after the braces go on, you won’t be able to eat them.

Oral-B has a list of some common things you can’t eat with braces. Here are a few of the top picks:

  • Caramel
  • Carrots
  • Beef jerky
  • Apples
  • Potato chips
  • Soda
  • Nuts

Hard and chewy substances can damage the braces and get stuck up in them, making the food particles very difficult to remove. In addition, you must remember that since brushing your teeth is also more difficult, you should avoid foods that are likely to give you cavities. It’s best to avoid substances high in sugar or hardness.

5. Study the Different Types of Braces

In this day and age, there are several different types of braces to choose from. After an orthodontist assesses your needs, they will be able to determine what kind will work best for you. There are usually three different types of common braces that include metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. While the metal braces are the most common and the most affordable, patients have gravitated towards Invisalign since it is hardly noticeable on the teeth.

Schedule Your Orthodontist Appointment Today!

Our Star Dental Group Riverside team is excited about helping you learn what to expect with braces. Braces aren’t just about creating a better visual appearance in the mouth, but they can actually prevent a score of medical issues that can cause pain and decay as time goes on. If you’re interested in taking that next step in doing what’s best for your teeth, get in touch with us today! You can contact us online or give us a call at (951) 680-1777 to schedule an appointment.