It’s no secret that braces help build straight, beautiful smiles. Whether you think you might need braces or your dentist told you it’s time to head to the orthodontist, you may be wondering what’s in store.
Today, the experts from Cumberland Orthodontics in Somerset and Columbia, KY, will explain what you need to know.
Most Common Questions All About Braces
1. Do Braces Hurt?
Thanks to recent advancements, including smaller brackets and specialized wires, braces are more comfortable than ever. However, many people will still experience some soreness after the orthodontist first places the braces, as well as during adjustment appointments. Pain medication can help ease this momentary discomfort.
2. What are the Different Types of Braces?
At Cumberland Orthodontics we offer state-of-the-art FLI® orthodontic metal brackets, Clear Ceramic Brackets, and Invisalign®. These modern options offer optimal comfort and a discreet appearance. Talk to your orthodontist about which option is right for you.
3. What Foods Should I Avoid?
It’s best to avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods. You’ll want to keep from consuming excess sugar, which can cause tooth decay and issues with your braces. That means no chips, popcorn, taffy, or hard candy.
4. How Often Do I Need to Visit the Orthodontist?
Once you have braces, you will need to visit your orthodontist about every six weeks. Sometimes shorter intervals will be required if you have an expander or a tooth that is being guided into position. During these appointments, your orthodontist will examine the health of your teeth and adjust your braces to continue improving your smile’s alignment and how your teeth fit together “your bite”. For Invisalign patients longer intervals between visits can be utilized.
5. Can I Wear a Retainer Instead?
Retainers cannot serve as a substitute for braces. Instead, you will most likely need to wear one after you get your braces taken off. While braces move the teeth into proper alignment, retainers main functions are to help keep the teeth in their existing alignment. Occasionally small movements can be obtained with active retainers, but these cases are limited and will have to be assessed on a case by case basis.
To learn more about improving your smile, contact the friendly staff from Cumberland Orthodontics. Call today at (606) 679-8436 for the Somerset office or (270) 384-2910 for the Columbia office. Visit the practice’s website to learn more.