5 Things to Know Before Getting Braces


Thinking of getting braces? There are a couple of things you should know before taking the leap. They will prevent you from going in blind, and I discussed them in-depth below. Let’s get to it.

It’s Not Just About Your Smile

Yes, the braces will help improve your smile. However, this is not the only change they will make. They will help with your bite and fix any jaw alignment issues you may have as well.

Many people who have gotten braces have said that the shape of their face has changed after the end of their treatment, due to the changes that have been made to their jaw.

You’ll Need Work Done First

Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Your wisdom teeth should be pulled out as they can affect the work your braces will do.

Depending per person, the number and type of teeth that should be pulled out would differ.

Always Brush Your Teeth

Once you get braces, brushing your teeth becomes more important than ever. Food can get stuck between the brackets and wires in your mouth, otherwise. This will cause painful cavities and a bevy of other issues.

Whenever you’re traveling, be sure to bring an oral travel pack with you.

If you’ve never flossed before, now is the time to start. You’ll be able to get rid of any food that’s stuck in the awkward angles that your toothbrush can’t reach.

It Might Take a While

If you’re expecting the braces to be removed in a couple of months, I’ve got some bad news for you. They will likely be in your mouth for years.

Always look for the best cosmetic dentist before settling. The skill of your doctor plays a major role in how long things will take.

Braces are commitments, as you’ll have to see your orthodontist regularly to make sure things are going according to plan.  This is another reason to do your research before settling on a dentist, as you might end up with someone rude. Regularly going to see them for years won’t be great.

Watch What You Eat

Are you a foodie? Sorry to say, but the food you’ll be able to eat after you get braces won’t be that great. You won’t be able to eat anything too hard or sticky as you risk damaging the brackets in your mouth.

If you happen to eat something sticky and it didn’t damage your brackets, there’s a chance that it would have at least popped a wire, then. This would be painful, as the loose wire can stab your mouth.

Considering everything discussed, what do you think? There are several points to consider before getting braces. From the list, the most important would be that you would have to wear them for several years. Also, you will have to keep seeing your dentist regularly until you get your braces removed. Make sure you’re ready for this commitment. Be sure to do your research and find a doctor who you get along with, as seeing him for years won’t be that great, otherwise.

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