Getting Braces – What You Need to Know

cosmetic and family dentistryGone are the days of fearsome trips to the dentist. The modernization of dentistry has allowed for the evolution of pain-free treatments, procedures, and regular care techniques and routines to keep your mouth looking and feeling its healthiest. Tooth placement and bite, however, is one element of oral care that naturally goes beyond our level of control- at least initially.

Types of Braces

There are several different options that your dental specialist will consider when determining which braces are best for you. Brackets can be attached with bonding to either the front or the back of the teeth or metal bands can be utilized to wrap around your teeth. This will be discussed with you in detail at your consultation.

Length of Time

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. Our team will be able to give you a duration estimate after assessing your needs and comparing it to their experience treating similar cases. Typically, though, braces are worn for around two years. After the braces are removed, an orthodontist will take a mold of your mouth in order to make a retainer. You will likely be instructed to wear this 24/7 at first before gradually reducing to wearing it only while you sleep.

Expect Some Discomfort

Although there’s no reason to be apprehensive about pain, getting braces will cause some discomfort in the days following the procedure, and there is certainly an adjustment period. You will experience soreness in the teeth in addition to tenderness along the walls of your mouth, lips, and gums at first, but the initial discomfort will pass eventually. Eating soft foods will help to keep form adding pressure to the sore teeth.

With five conveniently located offices in the Chesapeake area, visiting your local cosmetic and family dentistry practice has never been easier. Take the first steps toward getting that radiant smile by contacting your nearest RB Comprehensive Dentistry branch today.