Do braces actually straighten teeth?
Braces are dental tools that help correct problems with your teeth, like crowding, crooked teeth, or teeth that are out of alignment. Many people get braces when they’re teenagers, but adults get them too. As you wear them, braces slowly straighten and align your teeth so you have a normal bite.
How long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?
On average, it takes about 24 months to complete an orthodontic treatment. Some patients require less than 12 months, but there are also patients requiring up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position. Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient’s mouth is unique.
Is it painful to get braces?
Braces can cause discomfort or pain while the person is wearing them. Usually, people will only feel pain or discomfort when an orthodontist first fits the braces and after regular brace tightening. They may also feel pain if part of the brace is rubbing or poking into the inside of their mouth.
What are the side effects of braces?
You might notice the following side effects while wearing braces that aren’t cause for concern:
- Changes to your speech.
- Gum and tongue irritation.
- Difficulty eating.
- Slight discomfort.
- Tooth decay.
- Inflamed gums.
How do you sleep with braces on?
Before you go to bed, simply pull off a few pieces of orthodontic wax, place them over any brackets or wire ends that tend to irritate you or place some wax on all of your brackets. While you sleep, the wax will act as a barrier between your braces and your mouth, so you can sleep soundly and wake up rested.
Do face changes after braces?
Your face can change because of the way your body reacts to braces. There are many types of braces available, including metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces and clear aligners (such as Invisalign) — and all work in a similar way: by applying pressure to the periodontal ligament.
Is it painful to have braces?
Is it painful to put braces?
The honest answer is that braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth, so there is no reason to be anxious about the placement appointment. There will be mild soreness or discomfort after the orthodontic wire is engaged into the newly placed brackets, which may last for a few days to a week.
Can you kiss with braces?
Wait until you feel comfortable with your braces before trying for anything adventurous, like a kiss. We recommend waiting at least two weeks before attempting any kissing. When you do kiss, take it slow. Being gentle is important, both for the safety of your braces and your partner.