Wearing dental braces requires a big change, and the patient will likely have to make modifications both initially and throughout the time braces are worn.
Photographs, x-rays, and dental impressions follow the consultation with the orthodontist. You will also learn how the process works, how long it is expected to take to straighten teeth, how to care for teeth once braces are placed, and what the patient can expect.
Placing traditional metal braces involves cementing bands and brackets to teeth. If only one arch requires correction, brackets will not be needed on the other arch. However bands are needed on upper and lower teeth in the case where rubber bands will be used in the straightening process.
Once in place, a wire is threaded through each bracket. It is the tightening of the wires that allows teeth to be slowly shifted to the correct occlusion. The adjustments a patient can expect include:
Appearance – Metal bands and brackets are no longer limited to silver. Patients can select from a variety of colors to make wearing braces more appealing.
Comfort – When the braces are placed there is going to be an adjustment period while the patient gets used to them. Sensitivity and minor soreness may occur. An over the counter analgesic is usually sufficient to bring relief. Mouth abrasions may occur during this time.
Speaking – Some verbal sounds may be harder to pronounce. The teeth work in tandem with the tongue and palate – with braces, it might take a few days to figure out what works best for you.
Diet – The biggest adjustment is probably going to be in the foods you can eat. Before braces you were able to eat fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables; thick chewy breads; and you could chew gum and eat caramel.
However, although you can still eat most fruits and vegetables, you will have to cut them into pieces first. Biting into them risks breaking or bending the wires threaded through your braces. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods are out; crunchy or chewy foods may prove difficult.
Throughout the period of treatment, you will need to continuously visit the orthodontist so the wires can be adjusted and the teeth straightening process can be monitored to be kept on track. But the final result will be well worth the small adjustments you made.
Contact us at Bunn Orthodontic Group today to schedule a consultation with our team!