What You Need to Know Before Getting Braces

As much as you probably don’t want them, braces are now a part of your future. Here are some things that you need to know before getting braces.

Straight Teeth Aren’t the Only Goal:

Coming in, you may think your braces will be put in place to fix crooked teeth. Although this is often true, it isn’t necessarily the only objective of your braces. In your appointment with your orthodontist, she’ll examine many parts of your mouth for different issues. Bleeding gums and loose or jagged teeth are some of the problems that your orthodontist is looking for..

Two Years is the Average Treatment Period:

Unfortunately, two years is in fact the average treatment time for braces, but this all depends on how much your teeth and mouth needs. Ask your orthodontist how long she thinks they will have to stay in your mouth, since it varies between patients.

Some Discomfort, But Nothing You Can’t Handle:

Although the fitting of the braces rarely hurts, the purpose of your braces is to shift your jaw and teeth and their pressure may lead to some discomfort. Some may also experience sores on the inside of their gums and lips from the shifting done by the braces. Luckily, after a few weeks you will get used to your braces and barely even know they are there!

Your dental care is important. We If you are unsure whether you need braces, make an appointment with us and we can advise your next steps for your top dental health. Call 207-781-4216 to make an appointment at Pine Tree Dental Care today!