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What are different options for braces?

Newer “mini-braces,” which are much smaller than traditional braces, may be an option for some. There is another method of straightening teeth that uses removable plastic retainers that may also work when crowding of the teeth is not too severe. Your orthodontist will discuss the various types of braces with you and determine which might be the best option for your situation.

How long will I have to wear braces?

  • The amount of time you have to wear braces depends on: The severity of the problem. The amount of room available. The distance the teeth must travel. The health of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. How closely the patient follows instructions. On average, however, once the braces are put on, they usually remain in place for 1 to 3 years. After braces are removed, most patients will need to wear a retainer all the time for the first 6 months, then only during sleep for many years.

How often will I need to see the orthodontist during treatment?

Your orthodontist will want to see you about every month or so to make sure the braces are exerting steady pressure on the teeth. To create more tension and pressure on your teeth, the orthodontist will make adjustments in the wires, springs, or rubber bands of the braces. In some cases, braces alone aren’t enough to straighten the teeth or shift the jaw. In these situations, an external appliance, such as headgear, may need to be worn at home in the evening or through the night.

Will braces hurt?

Some of the adjustments your orthodontist makes to your braces may make your mouth feel sore or uncomfortable. When needed, over-the-counter pain relievers like ipuprofen or acetaminophen can help. If you always experience a lot of pain after your braces are adjusted, talk to your orthodontist. He or she may be able to do adjustments a bit differently.

Does age affect the success of braces?

The mechanical process used to move teeth with braces is the same at any age. So the benefits of orthodontic treatments are available to both children and adults who wish to improve their appearance and bite. The main difference between treatments in adults and children is that certain corrections in adults may require more than braces alone and the treatments may take longer because adult bones are no longer growing.

Can I continue to play sports while wearing braces?

If you have braces, you can continue any sport you choose. You’ll need to wear a specifically designed mouthguard when playing sports where you may get hit in the mouth. The mouthguard, made of durable plastic, is designed to fit comfortably over your braces and will protect the soft tissues inside the mouth.

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