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6 things you should know before getting braces

Are you looking to straighten your smile? Here at Fresh Dental, we have an extensive and specialist knowledge of orthodontics. Here are a few pointers to bare in mind before undergoing treatment….

There is absolutely no age limit for orthodontic treatment

Usually when people think of braces, the first thing that usually comes to mind is a teenager with a mouthful of metal. But these days an increasing amount of adults are getting braces, especially now thanks to the virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign. We also offer other ‘invisible’ brace treatments if you’re worried about your appearance changing during the treatment period.

Fixing the alignment of your jaw, is as important as the aesthetics of your teeth

Not only will the brace make your teeth perfectly straight, but they will also contribute to straightening your bite. This makes the result of the treatment even more remarkable, as you will notice the whole profile of your face will be improved dramatically.

Cost and treatment times vary

Both the typical cost of braces and treatment time depends on the type of brace chosen, the practice, the patient’s oral health and whether or not there are any other dental issues. The average treatment time is around 24 months (2 years) but with braces such as Cfast, this can be reduced to as little as 6 months.

Make sure you choose the right brace

Take careful consideration into the type of brace you wish to have for your orthodontic treatment. Ask yourself this…what would I feel most comfortable with? For example, you may find Invisalign to be the best choice, as you attend many social events and you love the idea that you can remove the brace. Lifestyle factors are usually a good basis to work from, as you need whatever brace you choose to easily fit into your day-to-day life.

Take good care of your teeth

You must ensure that you keep your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. You may find with fixed braces there are more crevices for food to get stuck in, which could lead to a build-up of cavity causing bad bacteria. To address this problem make sure you floss regularly, and spend slightly longer brushing so you can reach those tricky areas. It’s also important to avoid eating any sticky or tough foods, as these can damage your braces and easily become lodged in the brackets.

You will need to wear retainers afterwards

Most people just assume that once their braces are off, that their orthodontic journey is over. But if you want to keep that perfectly straight smile, you will need to wear a retainer at night time to stop your teeth from drifting back into their original position.