What You Should Know About Braces

Facts About BracesStraightening your teeth should be a top priority. Crooked or crowded teeth can make it hard to clean properly, and can lead to tooth decay and bad breath. Overjets and overbites affect your profile and make you look less attractive.

In Newmarket, braces can solve these problems for you, but you should be ready for it. Here are some things you should know about braces.

It hurts

The main purpose of braces is to move your teeth. It does this by applying slight pressure using wires threaded through the brackets. You will not feel it immediately. You may notice a tightness when the wires go in, but while it is uncomfortable, it is not painful. After a few hours, however, you will start feeling pain. This is because your teeth are slowly but steadily moving, and you are actually injuring the jawbone a little bit. The pain does not last for very long, and you will not even notice it after a while. That is, until your next adjustment.

It is hard to clean

Without braces, you only had to make sure you got all the food out on and between your teeth. With braces, you have to go under the wire and through the brackets to clean your teeth. You need a special toothbrush that has a rubber pointy thing on one end to get at stubborn food debris that get stuck on the wires or brackets. Your dentist might recommend a water pick because flossing is almost impossible.

It is hard to eat

Goodbye nuts and anything crunchy or sticky, because it will wreak havoc on your braces. Hard nuts can cause the brackets to debond, and bend the wires. It also hurts to crunch down on something, so you have learn to live without it. Sticky things will do just that: stick. Good luck on trying to get caramel or peanut butter out. They can also be embarrassing because you could have a gob of something sticking to your teeth, and everybody will know you had not brushed your teeth since your last meal.

Wearing bracesis a challenge you have to live with for at least 12 months, and for as long as 24. It helps to know what you are getting into before you commit to it. On the other hand, not having braces can lead to worse things, so suck it up.