Getting Braces? Here’s What to Expect.

If you’re getting braces you are probably very curious about what to expect and what changes you will have to make while receiving orthodontic treatment. So, in this post, Bandeen Orthodontics of Kalamazoo shares some of the things you can expect before, during, and after.

Before treatment begins, many patients are concerned that getting braces will be incredibly uncomfortable or painful. While this may have been the case in the past, our use of Damon™ System braces (and the absence of palatal expanders) means getting braces is more comfortable than it’s even been. You may also be worried that people may judge you or look at you differently. Fortunately, this is just not something that really happens with braces being much more common and acceptable for people of all ages.

Once your braces are placed, you will need to change your daily routine to some degree. First, you will want to avoid foods that are excessively hard, sticky, or crunchy as they can actually knock off or move your brackets. It’s also important to avoid chewing gum, drinking sugary / acidic drinks often, and chewing on fingernails and other objects. You will also need to adjust how you brush your teeth so you can keep them clean and in good condition throughout the treatment process.

Once your orthodontic treatment is complete and it’s time for your braces to be removed, you will need to wear a retainer in order to prevent your teeth from shifting. You should also schedule a dental cleaning and exam right away, as even if you have kept up with cleaning during treatment, there will be areas of your teeth that have not been exposed and will need to be cleaned.

At Bandeen Orthodontics of Kalamazoo, we understand that the thought of beginning orthodontic treatment and getting braces can be overwhelming. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you!