This month is part two of some of the most common myths and misconceptions about braces
Braces are painful
When braces are first applied there should be minimal to no pain. It might take you longer to eat meals for the first couple of days as you will have to adjust to chewing. To minimise pain and discomfort soft foods such as ice cream or soup should be consumed whilst you getting used to your new braces.
After the first few days, you may feel some discomfort as your teeth begin to move and align as you will still be getting used to the pressure of the wires and elastic ligatures. Over the counter pain, medicine should provide relief from the slight discomfort.
Treatment takes a long time
Depending on each patient’s situation, orthodontic treatment can take as little as one year and rarely longer than three. Treatment times are very short when measured against a lifetime of benefits. One to three years is incomparable when you will end your treatment with perfectly aligned, straight teeth. Patients who keep their appointments at Smileworx and follow the orthodontist’s instructions will see results the quickest.
My teeth will stay straight forever after braces
When you get your braces removed that doesn’t mean your teeth are finished moving. Your Smileworx orthodontist has remodelled your jaw bone and transformed your smile and it will take time to stop moving. The pressure from your braces has sent a message to your bone and connective tissue around your teeth to loosen up and shift around. This process has happened slowly over time and removing the pressure does not immediately stop teeth movement.
Retainers are needed after orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth straight for life. The first six months after active orthodontic treatment is the most critical as your teeth are still trying to move. Eventually your teeth will slowly stop moving, however, you must wear your retainer at set intervals for the rest of your life to ensure your smile is kept straight.
Having braces means I can no longer eat my favourite foods
Even with the pioneering advancements, orthodontics have been through, braces are orthodontic appliances that you still need to treat with care. Although sturdy, stable and advanced, braces are prone to damage by foods that are sticky, hard, or chewy. While you have braces, you will need to adjust your diet slightly which means eating foods that are gentle on the brackets and wires that hold your braces together.
Anyone who wears braces (fixed or removable) should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. The Australian Society of Orthodontics says it’s important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:
- Hard lollies
Braces are only for straightening teeth
Braces do a lot more than just straightening teeth. Braces help align your bite so that your teeth can meet in the right places which can prevent premature wear and tear. They can also help fix crowding and gaps in your teeth so that your gums can function properly.