Orthodontic treatments or braces treatments still widely and the most common treatment to rectify misaligned or crooked teeth. Still, there are many doubts and misconceptions related to braces treatment. Read through our most frequently asked questions before you go ahead with braces treatment.
Is braces treatment only used for aesthetical reasons?
No, aesthetics is one of the many reasons to get braces. Braces treatment can correct functional issues such as overbite, misaligned teeth, and jaw. Orthodontic treatment allows your teeth to function in a better way as well as enhances your self-image by having an attractive smile.
Do I need a specific type of dentist to get braces treatment?
You need an Orthodontist to get braces treatment. An orthodontist is a dentist who is a specialist in diagnosing and treating problems related to the position, alignment, spacing of teeth, and irregularities related to the face and jaw.
What is the correct age to get braces treatment?
It is never too late to get orthodontic treatment, but it is better to start early. But the recommended age for a child for their first orthodontic visit is around the age of 7-13.
Is it painful to get braces?
Generally, it’s painless to put on braces; sometimes, some people experience minor pains in the first few days. But as you adjust to wearing the braces, it becomes easier. Periodic adjustment sometimes causes soreness and, it typically lasts only for a short time. Prescribed painkillers can offer relief from pain.
How long will treatment take?
It depends upon the severity of the problem and usually varies from 6 months – 1.5 years.
Do I need to have any teeth extracted?
Not always. If you have more teeth than your mouth can accommodate, then teeth extraction is required.
What are the types of orthodontic braces?
There are a few types of braces for the treatment. Like we have metallic braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, and invisible braces- INVISALIGN
Do I need to change my diet during the treatment?
Yes, you have to avoid the type of foods that could damage the braces or gets trapped in your braces like- raw, hard fruits, sticky food, hard candy, ice-cubes, etc.
Will having braces make it difficult for me to participate in various activities in school?
There might be some problems while playing a wind instrument or a contact sport when you first get your braces, but it will become easier after a while. Usually, the braces treatment will not stop you from playing any sports or instruments as long as a mouth guard is used to protect the braces.
Do I have to wear a retainer, and for how long?
Yes, you will have to wear anything stopping your teeth from shifting back. You will have to wear a retainer for a minimum of 6 months or as advised by your dentist.
Why choose Zero Cavity?
At Zero Cavity, we have a team of experienced doctors who are the best at what they do. They will help you understand what type of braces will work for you and design a treatment plan accordingly, giving you a beautiful straight smile.