Metal braces have become a right of passage for many children - something that some of them even look forward to. Most people can benefit from some type of orthodontic treatment. At Budd Orthodontics, we want to make the process of getting braces as pain-free and hassle-free as possible. Below, you will find a guide to some of the most common questions that adults and teens alike ask when coming in for a metal braces free consultation.
While brackets (the metal part that is bonded to a patient’s tooth to keep the archwire in place) are strong, it is important to be mindful of what you eat while wearing metal braces. Caramel, gum, bagels, nuts, and hard candy are foods to avoid eating altogether. Foods that require biting into such as apples, carrots, and corn on the cob should be cut into smaller pieces. Eating these foods can break brackets, cause wires to come loose and create other issues that would necessitate an emergency trip to your Scottsdale orthodontics office.
One of the best parts about metal braces is that they can be customized. Rubber bands come in a variety of styles and colors including metallic and even glow-in-the-dark! Pick your favorite colors, color-coordinate your outfits or show your school spirit with the colors that Budd Orthodontics in Scottsdale can put on your metal braces.
After getting your braces adjusted, you may experience some pain. The good news is that this soreness can be alleviated by rinsing with a salt water solution, taking some aspirin or ibuprofen, and eating soft foods. Soreness after an adjustment only lasts about three to five days.
Metal braces can sometimes irritate a patient’s tongue, lips and cheeks. This usually only happens for the first week or two after first getting your braces on. Applying wax to the brackets in the area that is irritated will help with this issue. Budd Orthodontics in Phoenix will supply you with a package of metal braces wax when you come to our offices for an adjustment.
The answer to this question is yes and no. Good oral hygiene ought to include brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day. This best practice should not be changed once you get metal braces on and, in fact, you might find yourself brushing your teeth more often with braces. Thread your floss in between your brackets to get to your teeth, and be careful not to brush your brackets too hard.
If you do not take proper care of your teeth, major issues could develop once your Phoenix orthodontist removes your braces. Cavities, gum disease and even holes in your teeth are all problems associated with improper tooth care while wearing metal braces.
Retainers are just as important in correcting your teeth as metal braces are. After you get your braces taken off, it is recommended that you wear your retainer 24/7 for at least two months. After that, most patients typically go to nighttime wear. In several years, you can most likely wear your retainer a few nights a week.
You will need to wear your retainer for the rest of your life. If you do not, all of the time and money spent on your braces will be wasted, and your teeth will go back to the way that they were before you had braces. It is important to keep your retainer clean and follow the instructions that your Scottsdale orthodontist provides you with. Be sure to take good care of it, as a new retainer can cost over $200!
The average treatment length in the Journal of Orthodontics is 27 months. Many treatments will be much shorter than that. This time will vary, however, depending on the severity and complications associated with each individual’s case.
At Budd Orthodontics in Phoenix, we encourage teens and adults to come in for a free consultation. During your estimate, feel free to ask any questions about your braces, varieties of braces, length of treatment, financing options and more. Give us a call today.