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What to Expect When Wearing Braces for Teeth Alignment

There is a lot of stigma surrounding dental braces leading to fear about the prospect of wearing them for a specific period. The more information you have about what to expect, the less anxious you become when it is time to get fitted for the device. The orthodontist will typically explain what to expect before,

There is a lot of stigma surrounding dental braces leading to fear about the prospect of wearing them for a specific period. The more information you have about what to expect, the less anxious you become when it is time to get fitted for the device. The orthodontist will typically explain what to expect before, during, and after treatment. Here are some of the most common questions every orthodontist in Ashburn VA gets from patients.

Are braces painful during application?

Braces do not hurt while being attached to the teeth. However, expect to feel pain shortly after the braces are put on. Unfortunately, even the most sophisticated type of metal braces will still hurt. The pain will last for several days and will gradually decrease over time. Nevertheless, you may again experience pain every time the brackets are adjusted. Over the counter pain relievers may help, and your orthodontist will prescribe a special dental wax to relieve the friction and reduce mouth sores.

Is it normal for teeth to feel loose?

For your teeth to reach the correct alignment, they will have to move slowly. It is normal to feel your teeth become loose. After completing the treatment, your teeth will be sturdy again. However, if you notice that your teeth are too loose or that something in your mouth does not feel right, visit your orthodontist right away and have it checked.

Is there a special diet you need to stick to?

During the first few weeks of wearing braces, you will need to make some adjustments to the food you eat. Your dentist will recommend that you stick to eating soft foods only. You need to avoid any food that is hard or difficult to chew. It is also best to avoid anything that might stick to your braces like popcorn, and candies. When eating food that is harder to chew, cut it into smaller slices so that your braces do not get damaged.

Are regular visits to the dentist necessary?

It is crucial to stick to the recommended dental visits because your orthodontist will need to monitor your progress and adjust your braces to speed up the alignment process. Regular visits to your orthodontist will also help you bring up specific issues you may be having such as when something feels too loose, or when you have questions about adjusting or removing the elastic ligatures. During your regular visits, you can also stock up on dental supplies such as rubber bands, wax, and cleaning tools.

How long do you need to wear your braces?

The standard time for wearing traditional metal braces is around 18-24 months, but this will depend on the severity of the condition. If you follow the recommendations of your dentist and visit as often as needed, there is no need for you to worry about any extensions to the timeframe. Other types of teeth alignment procedures such as clear aligners may have similar timelines, but minor issues usually take a shorter period than more severe malocclusions.

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