What does it feel like to have braces?
Initially, your mouth will be sore for the first couple of days but you will be used to them by the end of the first week. Chances are your teeth may be a little sensitive for the first 2 days after your scheduled monthly visits as well. Overall, the only time you will ever be aware that you have braces on is when you get them adjusted by your orthodontist or if you get hit in the mouth!
How will my classmates and friends respond to me wearing braces?
Most classmates and friends are very accepting of braces for 4 simple reasons:
- They may already have braces on
- They will get braces on
- They have already had braces on
- They WISH they had braces on
Will it hurt all the time?
Absolutely not! Braces make your teeth and maybe your gums sore only on the days you visit your orthodontist. This soreness only lasts 2-3 days.
Will I be able to play sports?
Of course! You can compete in all sports (i.e. football, basketball, volleyball, etc.) as long as you are wearing a mouth guard.
Will I talk funny?
No. Your braces will not affect the way you talk or the tone of your voice.
Will I have to wear a headgear?
The headgear is a specially designed removable appliance that works by moving your upper posterior teeth (molars) further back. Whether or not you will wear it will depend on your age, which teeth are present at the time of treatment and the type of orthodontic problem you have.
Will the treatment take forever?
It depends on your age, the severity of your problem, and if your orthodontic problem is skeletal, dental or both in nature. If you start interceptive treatment (Phase I treatment) at a younger age (8-9 years approximately), then it may require 6-12 months. Interceptive treatment usually makes full treatment (Phase 2 treatment) easier and quicker. In most cases full treatment (10-12 years approximately) may take 24-27 months to complete. Patient cooperation is an important factor in treatment time!
Will I be able to chew gum?
Unfortunately not! Gum can dislodge your braces, elastics, wires, etc., prolonging your treatment and compromising your result. On top of that, chewing gum consists of sugar that can be trapped behind the braces and cause tooth decay.