How Long Do You Wear Metal Braces?
There are a number of factors that determine the length of time a child, teenager, or adult must wear braces for the full effect. If your teeth are widely spaced, the time will be different than if they are too crowded together. Any issues with your bite will also have to be considered for predicting the amount of time you'll need for the full treatment to work.
Generally speaking, though, traditional metal braces usually take between one and two years to correct most common teeth misalignment issues.
How Do You Maintain And Clean Traditional Metal Braces?
Since metal braces are permanently affixed to your teeth with dental safe adhesive, they are not removed for cleanings, at home-brushing, or other care. They remain on the teeth for the full treatment length.
This means that diligence must be kept over caring for them, including frequent brushing and flossing to keep the braces, gums, and teeth clean.
Our friendly staff will happily go over the methods and products required to keep your teeth and braces clean and healthy during your treatment.
Do Braces Hurt Your Teeth And Mouth?
When you first have braces placed, you'll likely experience some tenderness or soreness in your mouth. This is normal and happens because the inside of your mouth, your gums, your tongue, and other components of your mouth need to adjust to the appliances. This soreness or tenderness will resolve quickly.
When you do experience this sensitivity, you can dissolve a teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of lukewarm water and swish and gargle it like you would mouthwash for a couple of minutes. This will help to kill bacteria as well as relieve pain. Do this as often as you like daily or weekly throughout the adjustment period.
If your lips, tongue, or the insides of your cheeks are feeling sensitive, the saltwater gargle will help, there is also some wax available to put over the braces to help reduce this abrasiveness you're feeling. We will happily recommend our preferred brand for this as well, either in the office or if you feel the need for it after you've gone home.