Getting braces is often an exciting time in your life. As you prepare to enhance your smile for years to come, you may have some questions about the process and what to expect. This handy guide breaks down many frequently asked questions about braces to help you prepare for this new chapter.
Braces put constant pressure on your teeth for a certain amount of time. This pressure will cause your teeth to slowly move to a new, straighter position. Over time this pressure will decrease as your teeth move, requiring your orthodontist to periodically tighten your braces to ensure your teeth continue moving toward alignment. Barbieri Orthodontics offers Damon System Braces, which require fewer tightening appointments than traditional metal braces.
The amount of time you wear your braces will vary depending on the needs of your smile. Treatment times can last from six to 30 months, with most patients experiencing a treatment time of around 18 months.
Signs that you need braces will vary from patient to patient, depending on your age and smile goal. If you’re experiencing a bite issue or your teeth are visibly misaligned, you may want to consider meeting with Dr. Roedig or Dr. Barbieri to discuss receiving braces. Barbieri Orthodontics offers a complimentary virtual or in-office consultation for patients who would like to discuss their options.
After receiving your braces, you may experience mild discomfort as your mouth and tongue adjust to the device. This discomfort should subside after a few weeks or with over-the-counter pain medication.
How your braces will affect the size or shape of your face will depend on your age. For children and teenagers, their teeth, gums and jawbones are still developing, meaning these bones are subject to change throughout their braces treatment. For adults, braces can improve their facial symmetry, which may cause some changes to their face shape.
At Barbieri Orthodontics, we have a wide range of colors available for personalizing your braces, with plenty of opportunities to change the colors of your braces at each appointment. Ideas for choosing the colors of your braces include matching your braces’ color to your outfit or the current season.
Floss and brush your teeth after every meal to prevent plaque buildup and cavities. Schedule routine visits with your dentist and Barbieri Orthodontics to ensure your teeth are healthy.
While wearing your braces, it’s a good idea to eat soft and small pieces of food. Chewy, crunchy, sticky or hard foods can cause damage to your braces. Avoiding these foods will help speed up your treatment time.