Life with Braces

How long will I need to wear braces?
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on individual factors, but it typically ranges from 18 months to 2 years.
Will braces affect my daily activities like eating and speaking?
Initially, you may experience some discomfort and adjustment to eating and speaking. However, most patients adapt quickly and resume normal activities within a few days.
Are there any restrictions on what I can eat with braces?
While certain hard, sticky, or crunchy foods should be avoided to prevent damage to braces, you can still enjoy various foods. Our team will provide you with a list of foods to avoid during treatment.
How often do I need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments?
Typically, patients with braces visit our office every 4 to 8 weeks for adjustments and check-ups.
Will braces interfere with playing sports or musical instruments?
While braces may require some adjustments, they should not prevent you from participating in sports or playing musical instruments.
Will I need to avoid certain activities with braces?
While you can still engage in most activities, wearing a mouthguard during contact sports is advisable to protect your braces and teeth from injury.
How do I clean my braces properly?
Our team will provide you with specific instructions on cleaning your braces. Generally, you'll need to brush and floss regularly and use interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean around wires and brackets.
What should I do if a wire or bracket becomes loose or detached?
If a wire or bracket becomes loose or detached, gently reposition it using your fingers or tweezers. If it causes discomfort, cover it with orthodontic wax and contact our office for further instructions.
What if I experience a poking wire that irritates my cheek or gum?
Do not do any DIY repairs. Simply cover the poking wire with orthodontic wax and contact our office for assistance.
I accidentally swallowed a piece of my braces. What should I do?
If you accidentally swallow a small piece of your braces, it typically passes harmlessly through the digestive system. However, if you experience discomfort or unusual symptoms, contact our office or seek medical attention promptly.
My braces feel unusually tight or uncomfortable. Is this normal?
It's normal to experience some discomfort or tightness after adjustments, but if it persists or intensifies, contact our office for evaluation. We may need to make adjustments to alleviate discomfort.
What should I do if I experience swelling or bleeding in my gums?
Swelling or bleeding in the gums may indicate gum inflammation or infection. Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and gently massage your gums. If symptoms persist, contact our office immediately for further evaluation and treatment.
I lost my orthodontic appliance (e.g., retainer or spacer). What should I do?
If you lose your orthodontic appliance, contact our office immediately for guidance. We may recommend temporary measures until a replacement can be provided.