Navigating the world of orthodontics can be overwhelming, but our team is here to help! Below, we have compiled a list of all the most popular braces FAQs we have heard over the years, from how they work and how to clean them to what to eat and what to do if your wires break.
Have a question about braces? You will probably find the answer below! Have even more questions? You can schedule a free consultation with our team to get them all answered.
How do braces work?
Braces apply continuous pressure on the teeth, causing them to move gradually into the desired position. The brackets are attached to each tooth, and the archwire runs through them, guiding the teeth into alignment over time.
How are braces applied to the teeth?
The braces process is easy! First, your teeth are cleaned and dried. Then, a special adhesive secures the brackets to each tooth. The archwire is threaded through the brackets while elastic bands hold everything in place.
Can braces fix an overbite, underbite, or crossbite?
Braces are highly effective in correcting many different bite issues, including overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Braces have a proven efficacy, especially when it comes to more complex bite issues.
How long does the treatment with braces typically last?
The duration of treatment with braces varies depending on individual cases, but it typically ranges from 18 to 24 months. Some cases may require a shorter or longer period, depending on the severity of misalignment and individual response to treatment.
How often will I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?
Typically, orthodontics recommend regular visits, usually every 4 to 6 weeks. These appointments allow the orthodontist to make necessary adjustments to the braces and monitor progress.
How much do braces typically cost?
One of our most common braces FAQs! But the answer is easy: here at Exeter Orthodontics, braces cost only $3,995. This low price is all-inclusive, covering x-rays, retainers, adjustments, and repairs, ensuring affordable and transparent pricing with no hidden fees.
How do I clean my teeth and braces properly?
Maintaining oral hygiene with braces involves regular brushing and flossing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush around each bracket and along the gumline. Special floss threaders or interdental brushes can also clean between teeth and around wires.
What should I do if a bracket breaks or a wire comes loose?
If a bracket breaks or a wire comes loose, contact your orthodontist immediately to schedule a repair appointment. In the meantime, use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp edges and avoid further irritation to the mouth.
Are there any restrictions on what I can eat with braces?
Another one of the popular braces FAQs! Avoid hard, sticky, and chewy foods, which can damage the brackets and wires. Instead, opt for softer foods and cut fruits and vegetables into small pieces to prevent to make chewing them easier.
Do braces hurt, and how can I manage the pain?
Some discomfort is normal after the initial application and subsequent adjustments of braces. Over-the-counter pain relievers, ice packs, and orthodontic wax can help manage pain and irritation.
Are there less noticeable options, like clear or ceramic braces?
Yes, clear braces are available for those seeking a more discreet option. Additionally, Invisalign aligners offer a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth without brackets and wires. (You can learn more about the differences between braces and Invisalign in our blog!)
Can I play sports while wearing braces?
Absolutely! There is no need to give up your hobbies. However, wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports to protect the braces and prevent injuries to the mouth.
Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, wearing a retainer after braces is crucial to maintain the new alignment of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions.
Is it too late to get braces as an adult?
It is never too late to achieve a beautiful smile! Many adults choose braces or aligners to correct misalignments and improve oral health. There are numerous benefits to straighter teeth for adults.
How do I choose the right orthodontist for braces?
Choosing the right orthodontist involves researching, reading reviews, and scheduling consultations to discuss your needs and concerns. We invite you to request a free consultation at Exeter Orthodontics in Millersville, Allentown, Reading, or Harrisburg to explore your options and receive personalized advice.
If you have more questions or are ready to start your journey to a perfect smile, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation at one of our convenient locations.