5 FAQs About Metal Braces, Answered

Posted on December 1, 2022

Braces have become a staple in many adults’ oral health journeys. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), roughly one in four orthodontic patients is an adult.

You might be wondering how braces would affect your daily activities or if wearing them hurts. The secret to getting past any uncertainty and making an informed decision is seeking answers to your questions. Read on for answers to four of the most common questions asked about metal braces.

1. How Long do I Have to Wear Braces?

How long you will need to wear braces depends on the severity of your specific case. This can mean how crowded your teeth are as well as how challenging it is to adjust your bite. Treatment length can last anywhere from six months to a few years.

2. Do Braces Hurt?

You should expect some mild discomfort in your mouth during the first few days after having your braces put on as well as the first few days following adjustments. However, over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen easily manage any discomfort or soreness.

3. How Should I Brush and Floss While Wearing Braces?

You must brush your teeth with a little more care and patience to ensure that you remove all food particles and take extra care to clean the area surrounding the brackets. When flossing, you can use a Waterpik, or you can thread the floss underneath the crosswire to reach between each tooth.

4. What Can’t You Eat While Wearing Braces?

You should avoid some foods when wearing metal braces to prevent problems. Popcorn kernels might be challenging to remove since they stick easily in brackets. Braces may bend or break if you chew on hard foods, like ice, or sticky candies. Your orthodontist should provide you with a list of foods to avoid while wearing braces.

5. What Happens Once Your Braces are Taken Off?

Your orthodontist will remove your braces after your teeth and bite are in alignment. They will provide you with a retainer. At first, you must wear your retainer all the time (apart from when you’re eating and brushing your teeth) and then only at night. Most orthodontists advise that you never stop wearing your retainers at night to keep your teeth in the right position.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to improving your smile. If you’re considering getting braces, or if you would like to learn more, contact Smileyville Braces, today! Our friendly team is here to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.