Frequently asked questions about wearing braces
It is quite normal to feel anxious and excited before you decide to get braces. See the most frequently asked questions and their answers.
What are the age limits for wearing braces?
There is no age limit for dental braces. At any time you feel you are ready for treatment with braces, you can visit an orthodontist. Braces can be worn by both teenagers, after all milk teeth are replaced with permanent teeth, and adults. There is a tendency for parents to have treatment with braces together with their children.
Will I have some teeth extracted?
After your visit to the orthodontist, it will be clear if there is a need for extraction of permanent teeth. Do not try to analyse and assess the condition of your teeth and the space in the oral cavity yourself. Leave it to the specialists. Find an orthodontist you trust and follow his instructions responsibly.
How long will it take for the extraction gaps to close?
Depending on the mode of treatment and the physiology of the person, the process may last between several months and a year. Due to the structure of the lower jaw, the gaps there close a little slower. Each organism is unique and no comparisons should be made.
How long will I wear braces?
The duration depends on the complexity of the case and of your responsibility and self-discipline during the treatment. On average, the treatment lasts about a year and a half or two. If you are disciplined and conscientious, the deadlines set during your orthodontic consultation will be met. If you do not follow the treatment steps, you may prolong the process from a few months to a year. For this reason, specialists advise that you should start treatment with braces only with strong motivation, high self-discipline and responsibility.
How often are the check-ups?
Depending on the case and the treatment schedule, check-ups are performed once a month or at intervals of 4 to 10 weeks, tailored to your engagement and opportunity.
Will braces affect the way I speak?
Some devices that are placed on the inside of the teeth may require a few days of speech adaptation. If you wear braces on the outside of your teeth, the way you speak will not change.
In order to complete the treatment with braces with healthy teeth, it is important to maintain a high level of oral hygiene. You need to brush your teeth twice a day by thoroughly cleaning around the brackets and under the arc with an interdental brush. During your daily meals remove food residues to prevent cavities from forming.
There are foods that you should avoid during your treatment with braces. It is also important to consider the way you eat. For example – do not bite into a whole apple, but cut it into pieces.
How much does the treatment with braces cost?
The price list of each orthodontist is individual. After the initial consultation, depending on the complexity of the case, the time and the materials to be used during the treatment, the orthodontist will tell you the appropriate amount and the payment methods.
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