If you’re about to get braces, or your child is in need of them, you’ve probably wondered, not only what they feel like, but if they hurt. You probably have a lot of other questions as well and knowing what’s involved with braces will actually make the process much easier. Following is a brief list of some of the most asked questions about braces and the answers which will make you feel more comfortable during the process.
How long does it take to apply braces?
That will depend on the patient and the kind of braces they’re getting. For the majority of patients, it only takes between 1 and 2 hours to put them on. The process could seem a little uncomfortable; however pain shouldn’t be an issue at this point. First, the orthodontist will clean and dry the teeth, also applying a unique glue that holds the brackets in place. The last step the orthodontist will take is putting the archwires on the brackets, securing everything in place with elastic bands.
Will the braces hurt once they’re on?
You wonít feel any pain during the procedure, but your teeth and gums will probably be a little sore afterwards. The pain can last for up to a week, but it is very rarely hard to deal with. Most patients comment that it is annoying more than painful.
What can I do to avoid pain?
Your dentist will provide precise instructiona regarding avoiding pain that will more than likely include the following.
- Donít drink beverages that include tomato and orange juice that have high levels of acidity.
- Pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can help. Just be sure to follow the dosage listed on the product label.
- Only consume soft foods for the first few days like applesauce, scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes.
- Use orthodontic wax if the braces start to feel uncomfortable. Simply squeeze a little wax between your fingers and lightly apply it to any brackets that are irritating your mouth.
- If you end up with mouth sores, avoid touching them with your fingers or tongue. You can relieve the pain and irritation of mouth sores with products like Orajel, an anesthetic or by swishing warm salt water in your mouth (1 cup water with 1/2 teaspoon salt).
How long will it take to get used to the braces?
Typically within a monthís time and by six months, you most likely wonít notice them at all. During this time, you may experience mild levels of pain from time to time which is completely normal. The good news is that the pain usually goes away quickly.
If you think you or your child need to get braces, or the doctor has recommended them, choose an orthodontist that has years of experience and expertise with braces and understands the anxiety of dealing with them. Compassionate, experienced orthodontists will do everything possible to make the process of getting brace stress and pain.