Eight Things To Know Before You Get Braces

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So, for some reason, you are curious about braces? Maybe you’ve got some crooked teeth, or your little daughters have overbites that need some help? Whatever the reason, understand that it isn’t you alone. As of now, there are currently over 400,000 Australians that use braces. A quarter of these are adults over the age of 19. In the United States, at least four million Americans are wearing braces. But it doesn’t begin and end with wearing braces. There are some things to know before you get braces. 

Yes! The slight inconveniences that come with wearing braces is something that many patients do not expect, but it is true. Having some stuff in your mouth that you’re not used to may alter how you speak for a while. You may find it a bit discomforting at first, but eventually, you will get used to it and learn to speak fluently, even with the metal. 

Consider it as the first step in your journey towards your unique smile. And don’t forget to practice your pronunciation and speaking as much as you can. It will get easier moving forward.

Why get braces?

Crooked teeth are more than an aesthetic problem. They are bad for your oral health. People with slightly crooked teeth have a high risk of cavities because there are more places for the bacteria to lodge. 

But then, extremely uneven profiles can affect your speech and jaw and cause temporomandibular disorders. (TMDs).

Braces are your best bet to straighten crooked teeth and align your dentition in a visually pleasing and healthy way.

Types of braces

What do we mean when we say ‘braces?’ 

I’m sure the many metal wires attached to your teeth will come into your mind. Yes! These metal wires are still used to align your teeth. But that’s not the only way to straighten your teeth. 

Invisible braces are also in use nowadays. And many people prefer them because they are less visible than traditional braces.

Permanent and removable retainers are also an option. Retainers are best suited for minor dental adjustments, but they also help patients looking to improve their smiles.

Eight Things To Know Before You Get Braces

Getting braces may not be a daunting experience for people that are well prepared. However, crucial understanding facts about the process of getting braces can help you relax. Understanding a few things before getting braces can also save you money. 

Here are eight things dentists won’t tell you about braces. 

  1. Things to know before you get braces: There’s no age restriction when it comes to getting braces

Do you think it’s only teenagers that wear braces? Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. 

While it is true that braces are more common among teenagers (because that is when crooked teeth are first observed), it is worth mentioning that there is no age limit on wearing braces.

The number of adults looking to get braces is increasing by the day. For some people, it is because they have the means to afford dental treatments that their family cannot.

On the other hand, others defeated their fears of braces. People use braces in adulthood to hope that they can fix the crooked teeth that are withholding their confidence.

  1. Things to know before you get braces: Food will undoubtedly get stuck in your braces if you’re careless 

Once you get those braces on, your relationship with food will change automatically. A task that you once considered easy will become very tasking – ensuring that your teeth and braces are adequately cleaned after the meal.

In some cases, even so-called safe foods for braces can get stuck in your brackets for a long time. The best form of preparation you can make for this is to carry a travel-sized toothbrush plus compact floss so you can flush out stray particles whenever the need arises.

  1. Things to know before you get braces: You’ll have a minor lisp

A minor lisp may form when your teeth are straightened with braces. But why is this so? For starters, attaching metal brackets to your teeth will most certainly affect your speech. There’s no need to worry if your address gets impacted after wearing your braces. Your mouth will get used to the extra load in no time. This is the first step towards getting the straight teeth you’ve always wanted.

On the other hand, you may consider clear aligners if lisps are a significant concern.

  1. Things to know before you get braces: The lip balm is important

Lip balm will play a vital role in your treatment. First, it is essential for comfort. This is true right from the first day of treatment when the brackets are applied to your mouth. This process can take some hours, and you can’t moisten your lips while it occurs. So you’ll be better off keeping a nourishing lip balm handy to avoid discomfort.

  1. Things to know before you get braces: Braces can correct your bites, also

Braces are not only used to straighten the teeth. They are pretty versatile and so can treat a variety of irregularities simultaneously. Yes, they will straighten out any overcrowding or crooked teeth so you can regain your perfect smile, but one of its primary functions is to correct a bad bite.

Crossbites, overbites, and underbites can be detrimental to the aesthetics of your smile, just as misaligned teeth can be. Correcting a bad bite alongside teeth straightening has the potential to extend the duration of your treatment, but it will be worth it in the end. 

Correcting a bad bite helps prevent extra wear and tear on your teeth and prevents TMJ issues in the future. It will also help you to speak more clearly.

  1. Things to know before you get braces: Application of braces hurt

There’s no need for sugarcoating anything. The application of braces isn’t some jolly ride. It is an almost two-hour process, and during that time, the patient may feel some discomfort and pain. But since you are out already and will be at the office for some hours, why not take off the rest of the afternoon to recover with some incredible movies and a chilled smoothie?

  1. Things to know before you get braces: Flossing becomes challenging

No one says that flossing is an easy thing to do. However, it is essential, but braces will make things harder. Many people who wear braces find it nearly impossible to floss. While that may be true, it does not change that cleaning your teeth is very important to your oral health, whether you are on braces or not. 

Items that you can use to floss include flossing threaders or a water flosser. While water flossers can be easily used with braces, most dentists do not recommend them as substitutes for braces.

  1. Things to know before you get braces: The average duration of treatment is two years

Treatment duration for braces typically takes two years. However, this will depend on how much work needs to be done. 

There’s no need to take off your braces too soon, no matter the level of discomfort you may feel. The mounts need to stay on until the alignment is completed.

Beam Clear Aligners

At Beam, our mission is to make dental care more affordable and accessible to all Australians. That’s why our clear aligners are the most affordable solution for improving your smile. Best of all we offer two simple ways to pay. Once you have purchased your Beam impression kit and approved your Beam Clear Aligner treatment plan the next step in your smile journey is to purchase your Beam Clear Aligners to achieve your dream smile. We offer flexible clear aligner pricing plans as outlined below. We are offering $700 OFF our Single Payment plan for a limited time. All Payment Plans Include Free Teeth Whitening & One Set of Retainers for Post Treatment. Valued at $240. Beam clear aligner pricing at $2149.

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