What are braces?
Braces are a dental device used to straighten teeth. They consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the teeth and connected by wires. Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth over time, causing them to move into their desired positions.
How long do I need to wear braces?
The length of time you need to wear braces will vary depending on the severity of your orthodontic problems. However, most people wear braces for 1-3 years.
What are the different types of braces?
There are two main types of braces: traditional metal braces and clear ceramic braces. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are made of stainless steel and are the most visible type of braces. Clear ceramic braces are made of a clear material that is less visible than traditional metal braces.
What should I eat after getting braces?
For the first few days after getting braces, you should eat soft foods, such as soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and macaroni. Avoid eating hard, chewy, or sticky foods, as these can damage your braces.
What should I avoid eating with braces?
There are a number of foods that you should avoid eating with braces, including:
- Hard foods, such as nuts, candy, and popcorn
- Chewy foods, such as gum and beef jerky
- Sticky foods, such as caramel and taffy
- Foods that require a lot of biting, such as apples and carrots
How do I clean my teeth with braces?
It is important to brush and floss your teeth after every meal when you have braces. To brush your teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to brush all of the surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and top. To floss your teeth, use a floss threader to thread the floss under your braces.
What should I do if a bracket or wire breaks?
If a bracket or wire breaks, contact your orthodontist’s office immediately. They will be able to repair the damage and keep your treatment on track.
What are retainers and why do I need to wear them?
Retainers are dental devices that are worn after braces to keep the teeth in their new positions. Retainers are typically made of plastic or metal and are worn for a period of time after braces are removed.
How long do I need to wear retainers?
The length of time you need to wear retainers will vary depending on your individual needs. However, most people wear retainers for at least a year after braces are removed.
How do I care for my retainers?
It is important to brush and clean your retainers regularly. To brush your retainers, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. To clean your retainers, soak them in a denture cleaner.
What are the benefits of braces?
Braces have a number of benefits, including:
- Straightening teeth
- Improving the appearance of your smile
- Correcting bite problems
- Improving chewing and speaking ability
- Reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay
What are the risks of braces?
Braces are generally safe, but there are some risks associated with treatment, including:
- Discomfort and pain
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Root damage
- Allergic reactions to braces materials
If you have any questions or concerns about braces, please talk to your orthodontist.
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