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Braces FAQ

Anyone can benefit from braces!

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We are proud to offer a wide variety of braces using the most state-of-the-art orthodontic technology available today. As your Smyrna orthodontics team, we are confident that we have the best method to fix every orthodontic issue based on your lifestyle and personalized needs.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces hold arch wires in place without rubber bands. This new self-ligating technology provides a bracket that offers a more convenient and comfortable orthodontic treatment. These braces allow wires to move smoothly and efficiently so your orthodontic treatment requires less office visits, less discomfort and a more beautiful smile!

General Soreness

braces in SmyrnaWhen wires are first applied to braces, some patients feel general soreness and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. If the tenderness is severe, take ibuprofen or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Some braces-related soreness can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater rinse. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how.

Eating with Braces

You will need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces. For the first day or so after your braces have been applied, stick to soft foods. After that, here are some of the main foods you will want to avoid to keep your braces in tact:

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard bread, licorice, tough meats
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gummy bears, tootsie rolls
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips, raw vegetables
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots (cut into small pieces)
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

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Braces FAQs

The placement of your braces will not hurt at all, although there may be some soreness or discomfort in the hours and days immediately following placement. Over-the-counter medications can help with soreness or muscle ache, but make sure to consult the doctor before you take anything.
The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend on the plan decided upon between you and the doctor. Factors affecting the length of orthodontic treatment can include the severity of your misalignment, patient compliance, age and even height! That said, a typical round of orthodontic treatment can last between 12 and 24 months.
Appointments for adjustments to braces are generally scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.
Dr. Smith recommends monitoring a child's teeth as early as age 7, though orthodontic treatment may not be necessary yet at that point.
Absolutely not! Nobody is too old for a beautiful smile through orthodontic treatment with us.
With advances in orthodontic technology, your options are as diverse as our patients' needs. From traditional metal wire-and-bracket braces to the more concealed lingual and Invisalign options, you can choose whatever orthodontic treatment fits best for you.
Yes. Since this one of the more common questions regarding braces, we answered it above as well. Once orthodontic treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid while you're wearing braces. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). By carefully following our instructions, you can usually avoid having emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces.
Patients with braces should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each orthodontic patient how to floss his or her teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride if necessary.
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their braces and their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment when you first get your braces. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.