If you need braces, you certainly aren’t alone. An estimated 50% to 75% of the population could benefit from orthodontic treatment such as braces, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. However, you may be unsure of what to expect when visiting your local orthodontists. While your orthodontic treatment can vary based on the type of braces being used, here are some basics so you know what you can expect when getting braces on.
The Length of Placement Time
One of the questions that you may have in regards to getting braces put on is how long the process will take. Most people have both uppers and lowers placed, which takes anywhere from one to two hours. Your time may vary if you only have uppers or lowers placed. If you have any concerns about sitting for a prolonged period, talk to your orthodontists. Some may be able to split up the appointment time, placing uppers one day and lowers another day.
What You’ll Feel
You may be scared that the process will be painful. Thankfully, it isn’t. Most people do feel pressure at certain points during the procedure, primarily when archwires or rubberbands are placed. Your orthodontist may recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol, prior to the appointment to help with any swelling and pressure.
Steps to Follow Immediately After Being Placed
You should refrain from eating or drinking for at least two to three hours after your braces have been placed. While getting the braces placed may not hurt, people do tend to feel more pressure, swelling, or discomfort in the days after the braces were placed. You should eat soft foods, such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and smoothies until your teeth and jaw start to feel better. This may take a few days.
Orthodontists are experts when it comes to placing braces, so they’re available to answer any questions you may have about having them placed for the first time. Prior to having yours placed, you will have an appointment, and X-rays will be taken of your teeth. During this appointment, be sure to ask the orthodontist any questions about the process of installing your braces or caring for your teeth immediately after they have been placed. If you are ready to learn more about having braces put on, call Four Corners Orthodontics & Dental today to schedule a consultation.