All About Braces
A major reason why most people dislike getting braces is the timeline. Most applications of braces require patients to wear them over many years. Braces play an essential role in fixing the teeth in specific places within the jawbone. This process averages two to three years.
Of course, an orthodontist could forcefully reposition the teeth together, but this would hurt the entire root canal and may even permanently damage the jawbone. This is why wearing braces is a long game - one that most patients start at an early age. There is no rule that prevents you from starting at an older age.
Braces for Adults
It isn’t uncommon for some adults to start wearing braces. Thanks to advancements in orthodontic appliances, these braces don’t disrupt their facial aesthetics.
At Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, our dentists in Henderson, Joshua M. Ignatowicz, DMD, DICOI and Dr. Gustavo Hernandez, DMD, provide Invisalign and clear aligners. But if you like the look of metal braces, you could opt for them. The exact procedure depends on the patient’s preferences.
The recent advances in material technology have allowed metal braces to become smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than ever before.
More importantly, braces are not as expensive as you may think. Your dental insurance may even help you cover the costs.
Braces for Teens
Most teens will wear braces for a period of one to three years. However, the exact timeline depends on the patient’s specific circumstances. They may need braces for a shorter or longer time. It is impossible for patients to self-diagnose the timeline for wearing braces. Only a qualified orthodontist, such as those at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates can decide the duration.
Our practice offers a wide range of braces, styles, and types to choose from. The most common options for braces include:
||Metal braces (the traditional option)
How Long Do Braces Take?
Whether you’re a teen or an adult, the amount of time you need to treat your teeth with braces can depend on a couple of factors.
Early intervention: Early treatment plays a key role in monitoring the growth of your jaw and recommending further orthodontic treatment should it become necessary. Not all patients require early orthodontic treatment, and in some cases, it may be ideal for patients to wait to see an orthodontist until they are older to receive treatment.
The Specific Oral Problem: The duration of treatment needed to resolve a problem will determine how long the treatment process takes. There is a large interindividual variability in response to orthodontic treatment, so while one patient may only take 12 months to complete the treatment process, it may take another 36 months. The treatment timeline is subject to how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you that perfect smile.
Do Braces Hurt?
Most people wonder if their braces will cause any pain or discomfort. For most people, braces won't hurt at all if they are applied by skilled orthodontists. There will be some mild discomfort or soreness after the process is completed. This discomfort will only last for a few days. The lips and cheeks may also need a few weeks to get used to the braces on the teeth.
At Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates, all wires and appliances we use exert a gentle force that greatly decreases any pain associated with the treatment. But it is expected that some people will experience mild to rare discomfort.
However, every person will eventually adapt to the discomfort and tooth movement. They may also take pain relievers to relieve any headaches, as well as salt water rinses to ease any discomfort.
Your orthodontist may also provide you with soft wax to use in case your braces are rubbing against the inside of your mouth. The wax creates a protective barrier that minimizes the risk of sores and cuts. Note that if any of your brackets have been shoved out of place and are causing you pain, book an appointment with our orthodontist right away!
How to Whiten Teeth with Braces
It is important to take care of your oral well-being, especially when you are wearing braces. Several over-the-counter teeth whitening products can be used with your braces treatment. Carefully follow the instructions as outlined by our orthodontists at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates.
How to Floss with Braces
Use a floss threader to help you pull the floss behind the braces wiring. Then floss your teeth like you normally do. A floss threader can be a lifesaver and shave several minutes off your oral care routine.
Can You Chew Gum with Braces?
Chewing gum and braces don’t go well together. Gum, or any other sticky candies, can pull your brackets off their positions. And if they get stuck, you could bend the wires that are harnessing your brackets. The act of chewing gum can bend the wires.
If you have used chewing gum with your braces, book an appointment with your dentist right away. Damaged braces will greatly lengthen your entire treatment time.
Moreover, regularly chewing gum will make your teeth hurt for longer. This is because the pressure will move the teeth into undesirable positions.
What Can’t You Eat with Braces?
You will have to avoid eating a few foods because they can damage your new braces. Here is a list of foods to avoid:
||Anything that requires a strong biting force
Schedule a Braces Appointment in Henderson Today!
Thinking about getting braces for your teeth? You can schedule a consultation at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates and find out what kind of braces are ideal for you.
Whether you’re considering braces for adults, kids, or even Invisalign, our expert dentists have you covered. We strive to create a friendly and fun environment for patients, so your trip to our practice feels enjoyable. Give priority to your dental hygiene, and don’t hesitate to call our experienced specialists at 702-473-5100!