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FAQs About Braces

Learning you or a loved one needs braces can be overwhelming. You may find yourself wondering how long you will have to wear them, whether they will hurt and how you take care of your teeth with all that metal on them. Today we've compiled some of our most Frequently Asked Questions about braces to help put your mind at ease and answer some of your most pressing questions.

Is Straightening Teeth Just for Looks?

No! Although many people choose to seek out orthodontic treatment for aesthetic reasons, straightening teeth can actually help prevent things like tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, jaw problems and issues with chewing or speaking. Looking fabulous afterward is just a bonus in some cases!

What Causes Crooked Teeth or Other Orthodontic Problems?

In many cases, crooked teeth or other orthodontic problems are inherited or genetic. However, developmental factors such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing and other factors can also lead to issues with the teeth and jaw structure.

Do Braces Hurt?

Braces don't actually hurt, but as treatment progresses, there can be days when you feel sore or uncomfortable as your mouth adjusts to new settings. In addition, brackets and wires can sometimes hurt the tender insides of the mouth, which is why it's important to always have emergency wax on hand.

How Long Do You Have to Wear Braces?

The length of time it takes to complete your treatment is different for each patient depending on many factors. In most cases, braces are worn an average of 24 months, but some only need to wear them for six to 12 months, while others may need to wear them longer.

Is It Hard Taking Care of Braces?

The basics of taking care of braces are the same as taking care of your teeth without braces but with more frequent cleanings and a little more work to make your mouth comfortable throughout the process. It's important to practice great oral hygiene now more than ever. Brush and floss after every meal and be sure to keep up with all your orthodontic appointments.

For more information about braces or to schedule your free orthodontic consultation for any patient under 16, call us today at 206-316-8286.

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