Your orthodontist has told you that you must wear braces. And before you look at the things you need to expect when you wear braces, you have to consider the various reasons you have to wear them to begin with. First, dental braces correct a person’s crooked teeth, correct teeth spacing, correct upper front teeth that overlaps lower teeth too much or if the upper teeth bite behind the lower teeth as well as other misalignment of the jaws. Braces are also worn to correct dental problems in adults but the braces need to be worn for a longer period of time than a child would. You need to remember though that because your facial bones have stopped developing (you are an adult, after all), there are certain problems that cannot be corrected by wearing dental braces alone. So, what can you expect when your orthodontist tells you that you have to wear braces?
There are three phases involved when it comes to getting this type of treatment. First of all, there is the initial phase which is the placement of the braces; the adjustments on the dental braces which are done over a set period of time and finally, the part where you would be asked to wear retainers after the braces are removed. Depending on how severe the dental problem is, you can be fitted with either removable clear aligners or fixed braces. A fixed dental brace is often recommended for people with more severe dental problems and have the following components; the brackets; flexible wire, accessories and ring like bands. Removable, clear aligners on the other hand are recommended to people that are in need of minor dental corrections. Each set of aligners is worn for a couple of weeks and almost 24 hours every day except when you are eating or brushing your teeth until your orthodontist replaces it with a new set.
After fixed dental braces are put on your teeth, the orthodontist would ask you to come in for periodic adjustments and would tighten or bend the connecting wires. These adjustments put pressure on the teeth and can cause a little discomfort due to the tightening done on the wires. Expect that your jaws and teeth would feel a little sore for a few days after the adjustment is made and you can take over the counter pain relievers to relieve the soreness and pain and inform your orthodontist if the pain becomes worse. These retainers are worn because newly straightened teeth need to be stabilized for a specific period of time.