When beginning orthodontic treatment, most patients ask Dr. Rob and our team a lot of questions about what to expect, we often hear patients ask “Will it hurt?” “Are you going to tighten my braces today” and our favorite: “How long do I have to wear these things?” Lets debunk these phrases one at a time!
“Do they hurt?”
A: Braces do not hurt when they’re initially put on. Often patients hear horror stories about how much it hurts to get the braces on from friends and family members, so they tend to stress themselves out and over worry. The truth is, after their braces are on, almost all patients say “that’s it?” because it’s actually easy and painless! However, you will begin to experience soreness a few hours after your braces have been placed because your teeth will begin to move. No worries, a little Advil or Tylenol should ease the discomfort. Try sticking with softer foods such as pasta, rice, and potatoes for the first few days.
“Are you going to tighten my braces today?”
A: No, this is a common misconception that we are trying to clear up. We don’t tighten braces but we do some adjusting at each appointment. We start off by taking off your colored ties or opening the doors of your brackets. The orthodontist will come over to examine the progress of your teeth. The arch wire, either a new or the one you previously had in will be placed back into your brackets. New colored ties are put on. When the new ties are put on your braces will feel tighter because we are renewing the pressure on the teeth, which causes them to move. Like we said before, no worries, ask mom or dad for Advil or Tylenol and stick to softer foods for a few days.
“How long do I have to wear these things?”
At a patients initial exam we give him or her a time estimate of how long it will take to achieve their ideal smile. Teeth can move quickly or be stubborn so we can’t give you an exact date, but we will always try to keep it within the estimated time frame.
We believe patient education is the best way to achieve a terrific smile. When you have appliances placed we will cover all the topics everything from eating to brushing and everything in between! We also know that it’s natural for you to have questions about your or your child’s treatment. So we want you to know we are always here for you; we are thorough and always try to answer any questions or concerns you may have. As a patient, that’s one thing you never have to worry about. You will always know what’s going on throughout your orthodontic experience.