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Can Braces Damage My Teeth?

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There is a persistent myth that braces can damage teeth, but this is not actually the case. Misaligned teeth can cause several problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Braces are an effective way to correct these problems and improve your oral health. However, it is vital to maintain good oral hygiene habits while you have braces, including brushing and flossing regularly. You can ensure a successful outcome with braces by taking care of your teeth and following your orthodontist's instructions.

About Braces 

Braces are devices used to align and straighten teeth. They apply gentle pressure to teeth over time, gradually moving them into the correct position. Braces are usually made of metal or ceramic.

Can Braces Damage Teeth? 

While braces are generally safe and effective, it is vital to be aware of the potential risks and side effects. By following the tips below, you can help reduce your risk of developing complications from braces.

  • Cavities: braces make it difficult to brush and floss properly, leading to an increased risk of cavities. To avoid this, brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for regular checkups.
  • Gum disease: braces can also trap food and bacteria against the gum line, leading to gum disease. Again, good oral hygiene habits are essential in preventing this.
  • Tooth enamel erosion: acidic foods and drinks can cause tooth enamel to erode, which can be especially harmful to those with braces. Limiting acidic foods and drinks, and brushing and flossing regularly is crucial. Braces can also irritate the inside of the mouth, which can lead to sores or ulcers. Be sure to talk to your orthodontist about any braces-related discomfort you may be experiencing.

Do Braces Hurt?

Braces don't hurt, but they can be uncomfortable at first. It typically takes 1-2 weeks for patients to get used to braces. During this time, you may experience some soreness or discomfort in your mouth and increased saliva production. Several ways to help ease the transition into braces include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Eating soft foods.
  • Using wax to cover sharp edges on braces.

Contact Us

Are you experiencing braces-related discomfort? Contact our office at (425) 332-6279 to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist. We will be happy to help you find relief from your discomfort and get you on the path to a beautiful, healthy smile

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