5 Braces FAQ’s (And Their Answers!)

All of the Answers to Your Most Burning Braces FAQ’s

If you have a teenager, the prospect of getting braces may seem daunting to them. They’re already fighting a cracking voice and frequent outbreaks of acne. Do they really want to add braces into the equation? While braces may seem intimidating at first, the benefits typically outweigh the disadvantages by a landslide.

If you’re preparing your child to get braces, it’s important to involve him in the planning process and provide him with the opportunity to ask questions about how it might impact his quality of life.

Some braces FAQ’s we typically hear include:

  1. How long will I have to wear my braces?

The amount of time you will need to wear braces depends on the reason braces are required, as well as how closely you follow your orthodontist’s instructions while wearing your braces. While many patients get braces in order to straighten their teeth or close gaps in between them, others require braces to correct overbites or under bites, which can lead to other health complications or jaw pain in the future if left untreated. Each person’s orthodontic needs differ and your teeth may respond differently during treatment than your orthodontist originally projects. Most people need to wear their braces for at least 18 months – 2 years.

  1. Do braces hurt?

Braces can prove uncomfortable for some. As the jaw or teeth move in response to the adjustment of the braces, the teeth and gums must adapt. This often leads to soreness or an aching feeling in the teeth or gums. You may find you need to eat a soft or liquid diet for a few days following your orthodontist appointments if your braces require adjusting. Braces can also aggravate the inner lips or cheeks, causing sores or even bleeding. Saline washes twice a day work great to ease this pain.

  1. How should I brush my teeth with braces?

Braces require careful, but thorough attention. Proper cleaning is vital to ensure decay does not occur because of neglect while wearing braces. Because food sticks easily in brackets or in-between wires, you should plan to brush your teeth after each meal. You will want to carry a small dental hygiene kit with you throughout the day. This should include a toothbrush with soft bristles, as well as a special flossing tool for braces, which allows you to use a small bristle to dislodge food stuck between your wires. At night, brush with a fluoride toothpaste or rinse with a fluoride wash to help strengthen your enamel and prevent decay.

  1. Will I have to wear headgear or use rubber bands while I’m in braces?

If you have an overbite that requires correction, you may require headgear at certain times while you have braces. This treatment proves particularly effective for younger children whose bones have not yet fully grown and still prove amenable to correction. The headgear works to hinder the upper jaw from continuing to grow forward.

  1. How much will braces cost?

So this may be asked by parent’s more frequently then child patients, but it’s still one of the most important considerations for families considering braces for their child. Many insurance plans will cover a significant amount of the cost for braces, and we do offer a number of financing options to ensure cost does not prohibit a child who needs braces from receiving treatment.

If your child requires braces, contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss the best options for your child.