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As you sit in the dental chair listening to your dentist tell you that you need braces, is your stomach filling up with nerves and anxiety? If so, relax! Orthodontics aren’t as bad as you think, and they can finally give you the smile you are looking for. A big reason why you’re nervous is because you have a bunch of questions that need some answers, and we’re happy to give them to you!

How long will I need to wear braces?
The orthodontic treatment plan varies with each patient, depending on the condition of their smile. If you are one who has severe misalignments, it might take a bit longer for you to transform your smile. If you only have small, simple misalignments, your orthodontic treatment will be over before you know it. Generally, treatment can last 9 months to 5 years, but we usually see treatment that lasts 18-24 months. If you would like to know how long it will take for your specific smile to change, ask your orthodontist during your next appointment.

Can I look cool with braces?
Yes, of course you can look cool in braces! With the advances in dental care today, you are able to personalize your braces to add spark and flare as you smile. As you attend your tightening appointments, you will be able to choose a rubber band color, or multiple, and use them to decorate your awesome smile. Many people also look cool with braces because many believe they are like “grillz,” which are oral jewels that add shine to the smile.

Do braces cause pain?
Braces don’t necessarily cause pain, but they do cause some soreness. As you tighten your braces, pressure is applied to your teeth, which causes some soreness. Although the soreness is inconvenient, it is a sign that your smile is transforming into the straight and beautiful smile you want. The brackets may also irritate your lips and cheeks at times, but you can solve this problem by covering your appliance with orthodontic wax.

Can I still play sports while I have braces?
Yes, you are more than welcome to continue playing sports while you have braces. However, we strongly recommend wearing a mouth guard while you do so. Wearing a guard will protect your smile and appliance from injuries.

Can I eat while I have braces?
We recommend staying away from hard-to-eat, sticky foods, like caramel, taffy, hard candies, popcorn, and gum. We also recommend cutting particular foods into small pieces before you eat them, like hamburgers, corn on the cob, apples, pears, and bagels.

Now we know that you probably have additional questions that weren’t included in this blog, so we encourage you to call our office today and ask a member of our friendly orthodontic team! We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to talking with you.