Read This Before Purchasing Braces

Many people view orthodontic braces as a rite of passage for teens — a way to ensure straight, attractive teeth by the time they reach adulthood. Truthfully, though, people of all ages can benefit from braces — even adults — and not all reasons for braces are cosmetic.

Braces are used to treat crooked teeth and a misaligned bite. If left untreated, this problem can contribute to difficulty chewing, jaw pain and poor oral health. When braces treatment is complete, you will reap the benefits of straight teeth that are also far more functional and healthier than when you started.

What to Know Before Getting Braces

Wearing braces will provide you or your child with numerous health and aesthetic benefits. However, patients should know that life with braces will require some changes. The good news is that the temporary impact braces will have on your life is well worth the beautiful results that getting braces will provide for many years to come.

Here are some factors to consider and tips before getting braces:

  • Understand the costs. While getting braces is certainly an investment, the cost doesn’t have to be a burden. How much braces will cost varies depending on your treatment needs. Fortunately, there are many ways to help make treatment more affordable. Start by talking to your dental insurance company to learn about the coverage it provides for orthodontic care. Our team can also work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget.
  • You will need to make lifestyle changes. When wearing braces, you will need to avoid hard, sticky. and sugary foods that can damage your wires and teeth. Do you or your child play sports? We recommend you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and appliances from future trauma. 
  • Braces take time. The average treatment time for traditional braces is two years, although this can vary depending on each case. During the treatment period, patients will also need to visit their orthodontist regularly for adjustments.
  • You may experience discomfort. It is normal to experience some soreness and tenderness in the first few days of having your braces put on or following an adjustment. The discomfort will subside as your teeth adjust to the newly placed wires and brackets.
  • Braces are a commitment. Your braces can only work properly if you follow your orthodontist’s instructions for treatment. For example, if rubber bands are part of your treatment plan, it is important that you wear them for the prescribed amount of time each day. Wearing braces will also require that you take extra time to keep your mouth clean. Your orthodontist can explain all of the steps before getting braces, as well as how to carefully brush and floss around the wires and brackets. This will keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout treatment.

Learn More About Braces Today!

By educating yourself about what to do before getting braces and what to expect from the treatment, you can make the process that much easier and effective. Once treatment is finished, you will see stunning results and realize that the small, temporary life changes were absolutely worth it!

Schedule an appointment with Grove Dental Associates today to learn more about things to do before you get braces.