Braces give a finer look to your face structure. If you want to straighten your teeth, doctors always suggest to get braces. Are you worried about how they feel and have various questions haunting you? This FAQ list will help you answer your questions.
What is the best age to wear braces?
Braces has no perfect age. But for kids the best age to have braces is between 10-14 years when child’s mouth is still developing and permanent teeth are still growing. But braces are also effective in teenagers and adults.
Am I too old for braces?
You cannot be old for braces. Many people above the age of 21 have braces. It just doesn’t align your teeth but also improve your oral health.
How long do I need to wear braces?
The duration of braces depends on your problem. It is directly related to the seriousness of the problem, type of braces you choose and many other factors. Usually the duration is between 12 – 30 months.
Do braces hurt?
Today’s braces are much more comfortable compared to the ones that were available a couple of years ago. The braces built with new technology are lighter and they can align the teeth in shorter time. They can make your teeth sore for a couple of days and after each adjustment but they are not painful.
How do I take care of my braces?
Oral health can be maintained by brushing and flossing after every meal. You should avoid hard and sticky type of food as it can damage your braces.
How often I should brush my teeth when I have braces?
You should brush your teeth at least four times in a day after every meal. (After breakfast, lunch and dinner and before going to bed at night).
What will happen when I remove my braces?
After removing your braces, your teeth are polished to make them smooth and you are ready to flaunt your smile.
How long do I have to wear the retainers after treatment?
The duration of retainers depends on what kind you opt for – either fixed or removable. The time duration is usually up to 1 year.
How do I take care of the retainers?
You need to take proper care of your retainers. If you take them out to eat, you should make sure to brush your teeth, floss them and keep them safely in a container so they are not damaged. Brush gently with a toothbrush and antibacterial soap. Avoid putting them in boiling water or the dishwasher. You should not brush them with toothpaste.
How do I prevent cavities or white spots on my teeth?
You need to take basic care to prevent cavities and white spots. You should brush your teeth after every meal and floss them at least once a day. Avoid food that contains lots of sugar because it increases bacteria and can cause cavities. Use toothpaste containing fluoride.