12 Things To Know Before Getting Braces (2022)

Dental braces have changed in recent years. There are many misconceptions about types of braces and how to find a dentist to treat you. This article explains all the basic things that you should know before you commit to several years of orthodontic treatment.

1. There is no age limit for dental braces

When most people think of orthodontic braces, they think of teenagers. But an increasing amount of adults are getting braces, too. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you could benefit from getting your teeth straightened. One of the most important things to consider is the state of your gums and jaw bones. If you have unhealthy gums, a lot of gum recession, or bone loss, braces may not be recommended because the pressure they put on your gums could cause unfavorable complications.

Why do people get braces in adulthood? Usually, their families could not afford braces when they were children. Now that they are adults, they want to improve their smile and their dental health. Some adults had braces as children or teenagers, but didn't wear their retainers, causing their teeth to become crooked again. And still others have more complicated cases, which may involve jaw surgery and braces.

Many people wonder how much dental braces will cost. The average cost of a two-year orthodontic treatment with metal braces is between $3,000 to $6,000, depending on where you live. Ceramic or special brackets may cost more. Invisalign treatment costs about the same, or more. Payment is usually made through an initial down payment, and then monthly payments.

2. Your "bite" is as important as the straightness and aesthetics of your teeth

Many people think that braces only make teeth straight. In fact, they accomplish a lot more than that. An orthodontist evaluates a lot of things when you go in for a consultation. Are your teeth straight? Do they meet properly? Does your tongue stick out of your front teeth? Does your jaw hurt or click? Do you have a lot of crowding or large gaps? Have you lost all your baby teeth? Are your teeth and gums healthy? Do you have problems breathing or speaking?

One of the most important things that orthodontists evaluate is your "bite." This is the way that your top and bottom teeth meet when you open and close your mouth. Orthodontists are just as concerned with how your mouth functions as they are with making your teeth look great. After all, what good are straight teeth if you can't chew or speak properly, or if you get TMJ headaches?

3. An Orthodontist has a lot more training than a Dentist

You may love your family dentist, and he or she may have told you that they can "do your braces" for a lot less money than an orthodontist. While this is very nice, it's also a big gamble. On the ArchWired.com message board, we have read about many people who got braces done by a regular dentist who didn't really understand how complicated their case was. These people wound up needing to go to an orthodontist for more years of braces to un-do the faulty work of the dentist.

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Orthodontists are specially trained in tooth movement and jaw function; dentists are not. Yes, some dentists have taken a few course hours to learn how to do Invisalign or other types of treatment, but that is not the main thing that they do. Would you get heart surgery from a doctor who only operated on hearts once or twice a year? Of course not! Orthodontists first go to dental school and become dentists. Then they attend an Orthodontic program for several more years to learn specifically about tooth movement, jaw function, and facial aesthetics. After that, they take a special exam to become Board Certified.

Which brings me to another point: when you choose an orthodontist, make sure that he or she is Board Certified. That way, you are assured that they are totally trained, and that their work is expected to live up to certain standards.

Does this mean that a regular general dentist should never do braces? No. Some general dentists have successfully treated many patients for simple tooth movement. It's all a matter of experience. Ask your dentist how many orthodontic cases he has done in the past year. Ask how complicated your case is. Remember, braces will not only straighten your teeth, they can change the function of your bite and the mechanics of your jaw. If your treatment is complicated and is not done properly, you may wind up needing to go to an orthodontist to finish the job, which will cost you more money in the long run.

4. Consultations are usually free. Get as many as you need!

Many people get a referral to an orthodontist from their dentist, or from a friend. Most orthodontists do not charge for a consultation -- consultations are usually free! If you do not like one orthodontist, or want to get several opinions, it's OK to do so. Don't worry, you won't offend anyone! In fact, it's usually a good idea to get at least two or three opinions before going ahead with braces. This is especially true if an orthodontist has recommended that you get teeth extracted, or if your case is complicated. There are many ways to move teeth, and different orthodontists use different approaches. There is usually no "one right way." You need to evaluate what the different orthodontists tell you and decide what you are comfortable with and what you can afford.

During a consultation, an orthodontist will get to know you and take a good look at your teeth and your mouth. An experienced orthodontist will be able to tell you, with a fair amount of accuracy, what needs to be done: what types of braces you could wear, whether you need extractions, how long your treatment might be, and (ballpark) how much it might cost.

Once you have picked an orthodontist, you will need to get a mold of your mouth done, and panoramic x-rays (and sometimes also photos of your face). Using these tools, the orthodontist will be able to develop a treatment plan for you. Until he does that, he will only be taking an "educated guess" at what needs to be done to fix your smile. Once he has worked up a treatment plan, he will know exactly what needs to be done. At that point, you will come back to his office, and he will explain all the details, including the exact cost.

5. Bracket types are not as important as you think

Not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign or similar "invisible braces treatments." Most adults go into an orthodontist hoping that they can get Invisalign, but only a percentage of them are actually good candidates for the plastic aligners. The reason is: some types of treatment just don't work as well with Invisalign as they would with traditional braces. And when I say "traditional braces" I don't mean all metal. There are many tooth-colored brackets on the market that are less conspicuous and work just as well as metal brackets. You need to trust your orthodontist if he tells you that he would not be able to treat you with Invisalign or other types of brackets you may have heard of. If you had your heart set on Invisalign or some other system, then ask why it won't work. It's OK to ask why, and it's better for you to fully understand the orthodontist's approach before your treatment begins.

With that said, you should also understand that these days, the companies that make orthodontic brackets and appliances spend a lot of money on advertising and marketing. Any good orthodontist will tell you the truth: it's not the brackets that make the difference, it's the technique and experience of the orthodontist who is treating you. Sure, some of the newer brackets have advantages because they are smaller, less noticeable, or don't require elastic "o-ring" ligatures. But that doesn't make them any better than other types of brackets.

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Another thing to consider is this: orthodontists need special training to use some types of brackets. For example, an orthodontist must be trained by the company that makes Damon brackets before he can use them on his patients. Same for lingual ("behind the teeth") braces. If your orthodontist doesn't have the extra training in these specific products, he cannot offer them to you.

So don't get hung up on one type of bracket or one type of treatment. Trust the experience of your orthodontist. If you don't like his approach, you can always get another opinion from a different orthodontist, or find one that offers the type of brackets you had in mind.

6. Cost and treatment times vary

Braces aren't cheap. If your braces are covered, even partially, by a dental plan consider yourself lucky. The average cost of orthodontic treatment is between $3,000 and $6,000, depending on where you live and what needs to be done. Invisalign usually costs as much as traditional braces, and sometimes it costs more. Usually treatment costs more in major cities than it does in rural areas. You will not be expected to pay it all at once. Usually you pay separately for molds and panoramic x-rays. Then when treatment begins, you pay a down payment of about $1,000. The balance is usually put on a payment plan, where you pay several hundred dollars per month.

Some dental offices offer a discount for paying upfront in advance for all your treatment. While this may be tempting, it is not recommended. You never know what will happen during the course of your treatment. What if the office goes out of business? (It has happened to a few unlucky patients). Saving money is great, but protecting yourself financially is even better. While most orthodontists are ethical and run a financially sound practice, there are rare occasions where that is not the case. Being on a payment plan is always the best way to go.

How long will you be in braces? That depends on your individual case. The average treatment is two years (24 months). There are methods for moving teeth faster, but before you choose those, get all the information you can about what the treatment will entail. There is one six month method, for example, that incorporates fairly painful jaw surgery to accomplish its goals. Know what you're getting into beforehand. Two years in braces may seem like a long time, but it will go by faster than you realize, and is often safer and more reliable than the newer quick methods.

7. Read your contract!

Before you begin orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will draw up a treatment plan and have you sign a contract. Read the contract! It tells you a lot of important details, such as terms of payment, what happens if you miss payments, and whether retainers are included in your treatment cost. If something goes amiss during your treatment, your contract is a binding legal document.

Don't think, however, that your orthodontist is going to cast you aside if you miss a few payments. If you suddenly begin to have financial difficulty, talk to your orthodontist or his office manager about working out new terms with you. As long as you try to make payments in earnest, most orthodontists will continue to treat you.

8. Stay put, if possible

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In a perfect world, you pick an orthodontist and stick with him for several years until your treatment is finished. After all, you have signed a contract stating that you agree to pay $x for x-number-of-years. But sometimes life throws us a curve and we need to uproot ourselves and move. There are a few things you need to know about moving once you begin orthodontic treatment.

First of all, you may be entitled to get a partial refund for your treatment if it is not totally paid off. That depends on...you guessed it...your contract.

Secondly, once you are in new city, you will need to start over with a new orthodontist. There is usually no "treatment in progress" discount for new patients. In fact, it can be more complicated for a new orthodontist to finish your treatment, because (as stated earlier), different orthodontists have different approaches. To make sure that your new orthodontist picks up where your old one left off, ask your old orthodontist to give you your records (or give him the address to forward the records). It might possibly cost you less to complete your treatment with a new orthodontist, but don't count on it. You may need to start over financially, so be prepared for it to cost you several thousand dollars more.

9. You will need to take good care of your teeth

Why bother to spend thousands of dollars and years of your time on your teeth, and then ignore your oral hygiene? When you have braces, you will need to brush your teeth several times per day, ideally after every meal. This may sound like a big pain, but you'll get used to it. In fact, you will want to brush your teeth often, because food gets stuck between your brackets, which can be really disgusting and cause bad breath and tooth decay. At the very least, you should swish your mouth with water after eating.

You can get an orthodontic toothbrush or use a regular soft toothbrush. The important thing is to clean your braces thoroughly, making sure that there is no food debris on any of the brackets. You should also floss at least once per day. It isn't always easy, but there are many "floss threader" products on the market that help. Your orthodontist can show you how to brush and floss properly. Speaking of brushing, remember that you should not use a whitening toothpaste when you have braces. It could cause you to have "two tone" teeth after the brackets are removed!

Another thing to remember is that although a device like a Waterpik is great for gum stimulation and dislodging food, it is not a substitute for flossing. Even if you use an oral irrigator like a Waterpik, you still need to floss daily.

Because you will be brushing so often, it helps to keep a dental kit with you. DentaKit.com has one that includes everything you need, including a spill-proof folding cup. You can see it here.

10. Yes, it will hurt for a while

Yes, it hurts to wear braces at first. It doesn't hurt to get them put on your teeth; the pain and pressure come a day or two later. Not only will your teeth feel sore, but the brackets will rub the insides of your gums and lips and cause mouth sores. This is not pleasant, but fortunately this stage only lasts a couple of weeks. Soon scar tissue forms inside your mouth and everything hurts less. To soothe the mouth sores, rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times per day, or use a mouth rinse like Rincinol PRN. Take Tylenol or Motrin for the pain -- narcotic painkillers are not necessary. Use a lot of dental wax or get a lip protector for braces. The initial stage of braces is not fun, but it passes soon enough. You will need to eat soft foods and chew very slowly and carefully. Believe it or not, in a few months the braces won't bother you very much at all.

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11. Beware of allergies

Some people are allergic to nickel, which is found in some brackets and wires. Some people are allergic to latex, which is found in o-ring ligatures, elastics, and exam gloves. And recently, it seems that some people are allergic to something in the plastic of aligner trays and plastic retainers.

If you know that you have an allergy or sensitivity to any substance, tell your orthodontist or dentist. There are always alternative products they can use which won't cause problems for you. Even if you've never before had an allergic reaction to a substance, you can suddenly develop an allergy at any time. If you feel that your braces or retainers are causing an overabundance of mouth sores, or if you develop upper respiratory symptoms, hives, or swelling, tell your orthodontist. If you feel that your throat is swelling up or you are having an obvious allergic reaction, go to your nearest Emergency Room. If you feel that you can't breathe, call 911. Do not take these sort of reactions lightly. A severe allergic reaction can kill you in a matter of minutes.

12. You will need to wear retainers afterward

After your braces come off, your orthodontist will make a mold of your mouth and produce a set of retainers. The type of retainer you need depends on your case. Sometimes, orthodontists recommend a bonded permanent retainer to ensure that your teeth do not move at all.

Aside from a permanent bonded retainer, there are two other types that most people get.

A Hawley Retainer is made of acrylic and metal. The acrylic goes behind your teeth and up against your upper palate; the metal is in front of your teeth. This is the most reliable type of retainer. Your orthodontist can "tweak" the metal to help finish any small refinements that still need to be done to your teeth.

An Essix Retainer is clear plastic and looks like an Invisalign aligner tray. Many people want this type of retainer, but it has its disadvantages. Many orthodontists feel that because it covers the biting surface of your teeth, they do not "settle" properly after treatment. For this reason, sometimes orthodontists give a patient both types of retainers: an Essix Retainer to wear during the day when they are people-facing, and a Hawley Retainer to wear at night when they are home sleeping.

No matter what type of retainer your get, the most important thing is to wear it exactly as the orthodontist tells you. Most people need to wear their retainers 24/7 for at least 6 months, then switch to wearing it only at night when sleeping.

How long will you need to wear your retainer? Forever. That's right, forever. Your retainer ensures that your teeth will not move back into their old crooked positions. If you have been out of braces for several years, you can switch to wearing it only few nights per week. But if you stop wearing it totally, you will be asking for trouble.

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Keep your retainer in a retainer case. Don't wrap it in a tissue. This is the most common way that retainers get thrown out. A new retainer costs around $250, so pay attention and take good care of it!

Remember that it is important to keep your retainers clean. Like your teeth, your retainers can get a buildup of bacteria and white plaque. You must clean your retainers every single night with a bacteria-killing product like Retainer Brite, SonicBrite, or DentaSoak. These products are not sold in local stores, but you can get them on the web at sites like DentaKit.com. You can brush your retainers with a toothbrush and toothpaste, but this will not adequately kill the bacteria. A good retainer cleaning product will ensure that your retainers stay clean and fresh smelling.



What are the 5 stages of braces? ›

Five Stages of an Orthodontic Treatment
  • Consultation Stage. ...
  • Bonding/Banding Stage. ...
  • Regular Adjustments Stage. ...
  • Debanding Stage. ...
  • Retainer Stage. ...
  • If you are currently suffering from any of the cases mentioned earlier, your dentist will most certainly refer you to an orthodontist.

How do you survive the first day of braces? ›

Your first day with braces or even your first several days, your teeth will be sensitive as we said, so sticking with soft foods and cold drinks is your best bet. Things like mashed potatoes, smoothies, applesauce, soup, pudding, yogurt, ice cream and ice water are great options.

How long will braces hurt? ›

Mild pain or discomfort is a normal side effect of wearing braces. But you should only feel the discomfort immediately after your orthodontist places or adjusts your braces or wires. The discomfort typically disappears within four days, and braces pain rarely lasts longer than a week.

How can I eat with braces the first week? ›

Here's a list for first week of braces foods that we recommend our patients stock up on.
  1. Eggs.
  2. Oatmeal.
  3. Smoothies.
  4. Cold drinks.
  5. Yogurt.
  6. Noodles and pasta.
  7. Soup.
  8. Mashed potatoes.
26 Apr 2021

What happens the first month of braces? ›

By the end of the first month, you may see your teeth have moved slightly. From there, each time you get your braces adjusted, your teeth will move just a little more. After several months, there will be significant movement, and people you know may notice your teeth moving.

How long do braces take to fit? ›

Fitting appointments usually last between 1-2 hours. Your orthodontist will first clean and dry your teeth, before applying a gel adhesive to attach the brackets to the front surfaces of your teeth. Archwires will then be placed through the brackets, and elastic bands will be used to keep everything in place.

How much weight did you lose with braces? ›

Patients are reporting several pounds to as much as 10 or 15 pounds of weight loss as a result of the orthodontic treatment. Few people would see this as a negative side effect, of course. The main benefit of orthodontic treatments remains the drastic cosmetic results.

How much pain is too much for braces? ›

Minor soreness is normal, but severe or shooting pain is not normal and should be brought to Dr. King's attention immediately. You should never feel any severe pain during braces treatment. The initial aches and discomfort should only last about 3 to 5 days, with improvements each day.

What can I drink with braces list? ›

If you have a soda, please brush your teeth thoroughly as soon as possible. We suggest milk, water, fruit juices, Crystal Light, or Snapple. During sports, it is best to drink water, because many sports drinks, including Gatorade, are also very acidic.

How should I sleep on my first night with braces? ›

How to Sleep with Braces: 3 Tips
  1. Try sleeping on your back. If you tend to sleep on your side or stomach, try sleeping on your back for a few nights. ...
  2. Use dental wax if needed. Dental wax, or orthodontic wax, can come in super handy with tender cheeks or gums. ...
  3. Wear a nightguard or mouthguard if you grind your teeth.

Do you lose weight with braces? ›

Weight loss

This is one of the most unexpected side effects of wearing braces. Some patients report losing weight as the result of better food choices. When you're wearing braces, snacking between meals becomes a lot more effort.

Do you talk weird with braces? ›

It's Normal to Talk Funny

As we said, you have to get used to having braces in your mouth. At first, it can feel as if you have a bit of a lisp or you're talking differently. Your speech will typically return to normal within a few days.

What happens on the first day of braces? ›

Day 1: Having the braces placed on your teeth is not painful. But as your teeth begin to move, they typically will become sore. The soreness you experience is not a sharp pain, but rather a dull ache that typically lasts not more than 2 or 3 days.

What can you eat on the first day of braces? ›

The Day Your Braces Are Placed

For the first few days after brace placement, we recommend that you avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. Instead, eat mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, yogurt, soups, etc.; softer foods that will not add to your discomfort.

How long after braces can I eat? ›

The adhesive we use to secure the brackets to your teeth will dry very quickly but can take up to 24 hours to fully set. It is fine to eat right after you leave our office. However, we recommend that you stick with softer foods for the first few days as you get used to eating with your new braces.

Can I eat noodles with braces? ›

Food That Can Be Eaten with Braces

Foods that can be eaten with braces include: Bread – pre-cut loaves of bread, soft tacos and tortillas are safe options. Dairy – soft cheese, yoghurt and dips are fine to eat with braces. Grains– rice, noodles and all kinds of cooked pasta are soft and suitable for braces.

Do braces hurt the first week? ›

Though you should never feel severe braces pain the first week, or at any point during your treatment, your teeth will be a little tender and achy an hour or two after you get your braces put on. You might also have some tenderness after adjustments.

Can you eat fries with braces? ›

Yes – you may eat fries – but you need to make sure that you're brushing your teeth properly and after every meal. Remove any leftovers with a proxy tip or floss tip. Also, don't forcefully remove any leftovers if you are having a hard time doing so – trying repeatedly will only cause damage to your braces.

Can I use a straw with braces? ›

Avoid Using Straws

The pressure from sucking on a straw irritates your gums, especially when they are already sore from having braces put on.

What shouldn't you eat with braces? ›

Foods to avoid with braces:
  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice.
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice.
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum.
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies.
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots.

What is the shortest time period for braces? ›

The shortest amount of time to have your braces is 12-24 months. Braces, on the other hand, take a different amount of time-based on the patient and their dental demands. Because every person's teeth, mouth, and gums are different, the treatment time will vary.

How long is the first stage of braces? ›

During the first phase of treatment, we'll level and align your teeth into their desired position. To do this, you'll visit the clinic every four to eight weeks to have your braces adjusted, so your teeth keep moving into their desired position.

What is the last stage of braces? ›

The third and final phase of orthodontic treatment is the retention phase. This phase occurs once the teeth have moved into the desired position and the use of the dental appliance ceases.

What are side effects of braces? ›

Common Side Effects of Braces
  • Mild Discomfort. Some discomfort with braces is totally normal and should be expected. ...
  • Irritation. ...
  • Jaw Pain. ...
  • Difficulty Eating. ...
  • Tooth Decay. ...
  • Decalcification. ...
  • Allergic Reactions. ...
  • Root Resorption.
18 Nov 2018

Do orthodontist clean teeth before braces? ›

And of course, they'll need to brush and floss before the appointment. Otherwise, your orthodontist will have to clean their teeth with a polishing paste before affixing the braces. The actual procedure should take about 90-120 minutes.

What are the stages of braces? ›

There are three general stages of braces and Invisalign treatment: the planning stage, the active stage, and the retention stage. All three phases are super important.

Does braces reduce face fat? ›

During orthodontic treatment, changes in diet will weaken the movement of the masticatory muscles, which may result in atrophy of the masticatory muscles for a long time. Muscle atrophy and fat loss directly result in a decrease in the fullness of the temples and cheeks, and the cheekbones look relatively prominent.

Do braces make you sound different? ›

Braces on their own will have less of an effect on the singing voice than the rest of the dental work that may be needed to fit them. By altering the cavity space and shape in the mouth, your voice resonates differently. Thus, a few teeth shifting slightly, won't make a huge difference.

Does inserting braces hurt? ›

Getting braces put on your teeth doesn't hurt. It takes between one to two hours to have braces put on your teeth. First, your orthodontist puts bands around your back molars. This may involve some slight pressure or pinching, but it won't be painful.

Does braces tightening hurt? ›

As mentioned previously, adjusting and getting your braces tightened can cause soreness and pain for a few days. The discomfort is not as bad and takes a few days to get used to your teeth' increased pressure. Each adjustment is a step toward straight teeth, but sometimes the movement of teeth can be painful.

How do you prepare for braces? ›

There are a number of things you can do on the day of your appointment to help settle your nerves and ensure your appointment goes smoothly.
  1. Clean your teeth thoroughly.
  2. Take a before selfie.
  3. Run your tongue over your teeth.
  4. Keep pain relief handy.
  5. Eat soft foods.
  6. Brush your teeth after eating.
4 Sept 2021

Can you eat burger with braces? ›

A: Yes, you can eat a burger AND sushi with braces. Remember to chew carefully. You can also cut your food into bite size pieces. A few days after getting your braces on or after an adjustment, you may feel sensitivity or soreness in your teeth.

Can u eat chicken with braces? ›

Grilled Chicken and Vegetables. While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, deboned meats like chicken breast can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables like broccoli.

Can I eat Oreos with braces? ›

You want to avoid anything crunchy or hard, which means no nuts, potato chips, or popcorn. Instead, opt for Cheetos or Pirate Booty. Soft cookies (without nuts) are good, but avoid hard cookies like Oreos and Chips Ahoy unless you're a milk dunker. Ice cream is fine, but skip the nuts and hard candy toppings.

Is it OK to sleep with braces wax? ›

The answer is yes, you can leave the wax on overnight. In fact, it's a good idea to leave wax on while you sleep. This is because abrasion injuries often happen while you're asleep. And don't worry about accidentally swallowing wax during your sleep, since swallowed wax won't cause you any harm.

How can I survive the pain of braces? ›

10 Tips for Braces Pain Relief
  1. Oral anesthetics. A simple way to get some braces pain relief is to rub an oral anesthetic like Orajel or Anbesol directly on the sensitive teeth and gums. ...
  2. Over-the-counter pain medicine. ...
  3. An ice pack. ...
  4. Cold ice water. ...
  5. Soft foods. ...
  6. Orthodontic wax. ...
  7. A warm rinse. ...
  8. A gum massage.
26 Mar 2019

Can braces cause anxiety? ›

Dental Anxiety and Braces

Dental anxiety is real. It is the fear that people feel when heading off for a dental appointment of any kind. Years of negative portrayal of dentists on TV, in movies, and even in children's cartoons are partly to blame.

How do you brush with braces? ›

Orthodontic Home Care Instructions | Braces | Brushing - YouTube

How do braces feel? ›

The first several days of wearing braces will be the most uncomfortable for wearing adult braces or youth braces. Your teeth will feel achy as the alignment process begins and you may feel steady pressure from the wires, but that's also the exciting part! Your teeth start to straighten out from day one.

Do braces affect your lips? ›

Does orthodontic treatment change your lips? Yes, you may notice your lips look different after getting braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment. This is because the prominence or “fullness” of the lips is directly affected by the forward position and alignment of the front teeth.

How do you prepare for braces? ›

There are a number of things you can do on the day of your appointment to help settle your nerves and ensure your appointment goes smoothly.
  1. Clean your teeth thoroughly.
  2. Take a before selfie.
  3. Run your tongue over your teeth.
  4. Keep pain relief handy.
  5. Eat soft foods.
  6. Brush your teeth after eating.
4 Sept 2021

What can you not do when you have braces? ›

Foods you can't eat with braces
  1. Nuts.
  2. Potato chips.
  3. Popcorn.
  4. Crunchy veggies.
  5. Hard candies (such as jolly ranchers or lollipops)
  6. Gum (Sugar-free gum is okay)
  7. Sticky candies (like laffy-taffy or gummy bears)
  8. Corn on the cob.
25 Aug 2020

What age is best for braces? ›

However, a general rule of thumb is your kids should look at getting braces between the ages of 9 and 14. Usually, this is before they've gone through puberty. If they've already gone through it, this means it'll be harder to adjust their jaw and/or teeth, as they've already settled into their post-puberty positions.

How long do braces usually take? ›

On average, it takes about 24 months to complete an orthodontic treatment. Some patients require less than 12 months, but there are also patients requiring up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position. Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient's mouth is unique.

How long does it take to fit braces? ›

Getting your braces on takes one to two hours. Depending on your teeth and the kind of braces you're going to wear, the process for putting them on could happen in one appointment or two.

What can I drink with braces list? ›

If you have a soda, please brush your teeth thoroughly as soon as possible. We suggest milk, water, fruit juices, Crystal Light, or Snapple. During sports, it is best to drink water, because many sports drinks, including Gatorade, are also very acidic.

How long after braces can I eat? ›

The adhesive we use to secure the brackets to your teeth will dry very quickly but can take up to 24 hours to fully set. It is fine to eat right after you leave our office. However, we recommend that you stick with softer foods for the first few days as you get used to eating with your new braces.

Are braces painful at first? ›

Most people will experience mild-to-moderate discomfort or pain when they first get braces. They may also feel some discomfort following brace tightening, which happens regularly while a person has braces.

What happens on the first day of braces? ›

Day 1: Having the braces placed on your teeth is not painful. But as your teeth begin to move, they typically will become sore. The soreness you experience is not a sharp pain, but rather a dull ache that typically lasts not more than 2 or 3 days.

How much pain is too much for braces? ›

Minor soreness is normal, but severe or shooting pain is not normal and should be brought to Dr. King's attention immediately. You should never feel any severe pain during braces treatment. The initial aches and discomfort should only last about 3 to 5 days, with improvements each day.

Is 18 too late for braces? ›

If you're thinking about correcting your smile with braces as an adult, it isn't too late. While braces are commonly thought of as a treatment for children or teenagers, they can actually be used for anyone of virtually any age – once most of the adult teeth have emerged.

Is 15 too late for braces? ›

There's No Age Limit for Braces (14 and up)

Many believe they are too old for braces and straight teeth, but that's not true. Your teeth don't grow like hair or fingernails. They're always going to be the same size and can be fixed at any time from 14 to 41.

Is it OK to chew gum with braces? ›

Patients should not chew gum while they have their expander, but patients with traditional braces can chew gum if it is on the ADA (American Dental Association) approved list of sugar-free gums. These gums are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, sorbitol or mannitol.


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