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What You Should Know Before Getting Braces

May 20, 2022

Straightening teeth is typically recommended for those in their younger years. It is common to have teeth out of alignment and an off bite. Braces correct misaligned teeth in the form of crowding, rotations and tipping, as well as align the bite in such a way to reduce jaw strain and tooth wear. 

What are Braces?

Traditional braces consist of metal or clear brackets that are bonded onto the front side of each tooth. They are bonded with wires of varying widths depending on the progression of treatment, which is secured to each bracket with coloured elastics. The wires aid in the slow and steady movement of the teeth into place over time. Usually, a very thin wire will be used initially, finishing with a thicker wire when the teeth are near their final position. In addition, other materials may be used, such as dental appliances, arch elastics and power chains. 

Who Needs Braces? 

Anybody who has crowded, rotated, or misaligned teeth, even in mild cases, will benefit from dental braces. This includes a bite that doesn’t come together correctly and puts strain on the teeth and jaw. 

Risk of Not Getting Braces 

There are several risks associated with leaving crowded teeth. Teeth are more likely to wear down, chip and fracture due to improper biting. Crowded teeth are also more challenging to keep clean and can lead to gum disease, gum recession, cavities and even early tooth loss. Braces are also beneficial for long-term confidence, chewing and speaking. 

Important Facts Before Starting Treatment 

  • Braces can hurt after they are initially placed but will improve within a few days. This is also true after each additional appointment where wires are changed. 
  • You may have a slight lisp when treatment starts that will go away within a few weeks once you get used to having braces on your teeth. 
  • It is more challenging to keep your teeth clean. Be sure to use all the orthodontist’s tools, including floss threaders and interdental brushes. 
  • You will likely notice many changes early on and less toward the end. These final movements are just as important as the beginning, even if you can’t see them. 
  • If the braces are causing a sore spot on your lips or cheeks, there is the wax you can use to smooth out the sharp area until your tissue heals. 

If you have any questions about dental braces or believe you are a candidate, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment


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