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It's Time for Braces: 3 Things You'll Want to Know

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If you're about to get fitted for orthodontic braces, you might have a few questions. Your parents have probably discussed all the important dental issues with your dentist. However, you may have some questions of your own. That's perfectly normal. Here are answers to some questions that you're probably wondering about.

Are the Braces Going to Hurt?

Many people worry that their braces are going to hurt. In most cases, there won't be any pain associated with your braces. However, you will experience some discomfort. This is particularly true if your teeth are significantly out of alignment. Orthodontic brackets will be attached to each of your teeth. Then dental wire will be attached to each of the brackets.

At each appointment, your orthodontist will tighten the wires, which will slowly move your teeth into their correct position. Your orthodontist will give you dental wax that will help reduce the discomfort brackets and wires poking into your lips and cheeks. Ice packs will help relieve any soreness you might have.

Will I Still Be Able to Kiss?

If you're old enough to date, you want to make sure you can still kiss when you have your braces on. The answer is yes. You can still kiss when you have braces on. You will have to be careful until you're used to having the braces on your teeth. It's also important to be careful if you and your partner both wear braces. The brackets can get tangled and stuck together if go too quickly. You should also watch your tongue while you're kissing with braces on. Tongues can get cut on the wires and brackets if you're not careful.

Can I Still Eat My Favorite Foods?

You may want to make sure you can still eat your favorite foods. For the most part, the answer is yes. There are some things you'll need to do differently if your teeth are still sore after a wire tightening, like bite down on your food using your side teeth instead of your front teeth. You may also want to take smaller bites while you're wearing braces. Taking smaller bites can help make chewing less painful for the few weeks after the orthodontist tightened your wires. You should know that there are a few things you won't be able to consume while you're wearing braces. Those include:

  • Popcorn
  • Soda
  • Sticky candies

You're finally going to get your teeth straightened. It's important that you follow all the instructions that your orthodontist will give you. The information provided above will help you understand how your new braces are going to affect your life. However, if you still have questions, don't be afraid to ask an orthodontist, such as Reed Orthodontics, to help better understand what to expect.