What You Should Know Before Getting Braces

Dental braces can treat a variety of bite issues that can have a negative effect on your smile. If you are considering having a consultation with a Memorial orthodontist to look into Memorial braces treatment, there are a few things that you should know.

Braces Aren’t Only For Teenagers

Most people get Braces treatment in Katy between the ages of 11 and 15. However, you can get braces at any age. If you are an adult and you don’t want to have metal braces for two to three years, there are other alternatives. Today, you can get transparent brackets which will make them less noticeable. You can also go with Invisalign. Invisalign is made up of various transparent aligners that are designed to provide the same results as traditional braces. If you are older and you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you can discuss your options with our Memorial orthodontist.


How Much Do Braces Cost

Braces vary in price depending on the type of braces. On average, the cost of braces on the top and bottom teeth is $5,000. There are some dental insurance plans that pay for the braces or part of the cost. You should check your policy and read it carefully to find out if braces are covered and the amount of money the company will pay. If your insurance doesn’t cover braces or if they only pay a portion of the cost, many orthodontists offer payment plans so that you can afford to get the treatment that you need.


What Changes Do I Need To Make When Wearing Braces

There are a few changes that you will need to make in your diet and your oral health routine when you have braces. There are certain foods that you cannot eat because they can damage the wires. A few examples of these foods include hard foods, such as pizza crust, candy, and pretzels. You would also need to avoid sticky foods, such as taffy and gummy candies. Finally, nuts, popcorn, apples, and corn on the cob are also off limits.


You would also need to change the way that you care for your teeth. Your dentist will give you a special tool that allows you to clean under the wires. Also, you would need to brush very carefully around the brackets. If you don’t brush properly, you could end up with permanent stains on your teeth. Finally, flossing can be a challenge. It can take time to get the hang of it.

Braces Aren’t Completely Painless

There is going to be some pain associated with your braces. When you first have them put on, the sharp brackets can scrape up the inside of your lips. To keep this from happening, your orthodontist will give you wax to put over the brackets, making it easier on the inside of your mouth. Over time, the skin on the inside of your mouth will toughen up and you won’t need the wax anymore.


As your treatment progresses, you are going to need to have your braces tightened. While the procedure is relatively painless, you may experience some pain the next day and maybe the day after that. The pain that you will suffer isn’t too severe and an over the counter pain reliever is often all that you need.

You Will Need To Go In For Regular Appointments

When you have braces, you should be prepared to see the orthodontist every 6 weeks. During these appointments, the orthodontist would tighten your braces and change the rubber bands that wrap around the brackets. This is typically a quick procedure so it shouldn’t take too much time out of your day. You should understand that if you miss appointments, it can impede your progress.


Your Treatment Doesn’t End When the Braces Come Off

Just because your braces have come off, it doesn’t mean that your orthodontic treatment is over. When your braces come off, you will be given a retainer to wear. The amount of time that you would be required to wear the retainer each day is up to your orthodontist. If you don’t wear your retainer exactly as scheduled, you risk having your teeth shift back to their original position.


Braces are a great treatment to give you the smile that you have always dreamed of. If you think that you can benefit from Memorial braces treatment, you should contact a Memorial orthodontist for a consultation.

Dr. Vladimir Tabakman is the author of this article. To know more about Orthodontist clinic in Katy please visit our website :

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