According to the experts: the current trend is that many communities view orthodontics as a cosmetic service (Imani MM et al.,2018). However, this could not be any further from the truth as the effects of dental and oral problems can have psychological and social dimensions (Imani MM et al.,2018), and for individuals who ignore problems for too long,there is a high cost involved in performing orthodontic treatment (Imani MM et al.,2018).
With that in mind then, it is little wonder that individuals often wonder about getting braces. It leads them to wonderhow to get braces?Do they have teeth that needs braces? How long does it take to get braces? What are the braces steps? Are there different kinds of teeth braces? Should I get braces? How to put on braces or do I need professional help? And what are the steps to getting braces in the first place?
Although these are excellent questions and important ones for an individual considering getting braces to think about, one question that is oftentimes not asked is what you should do before you get braces at all? Many individuals faced with the prospect of getting orthodontics done sometimes fret or are concerned about the process of installing them, what they might look like, or the cost.
However, very few individuals take into account how their life will change after braces. People simply do not realize that foods which they have come to expect as part of their normal diet may no longer be braces approved. This is because braces are an important orthodontic appliance and taking care of them is absolutely essential. There are certain foods that you may not be able to eat with your braces, and other foods that may just need processed more before you can partake. So what are some of the top things that you should do before you get braces?
Make a game plan
One of the things to think about when it comes to bracessteps is what you will not be able to eat for a while. There are some foods that you will no longer be allowed to eat, or should not eat, while wearing your braces. Since braces often times take years to be fully effective, this can cause many individuals to lament lost foods especially since they did not think about the fact that they would not be able to eat them once the braces were installed.
One thing you can do is to make a list of banned foods that you will no longer be allowed to eat after your braces are on and then see if there are ways of making them braces appropriate. For instance, foods that require deep bites should not be eaten while wearing braces as they may cause improper stress on your orthodontic appliances. Deep bite foods can include things like apples or corn on the cob.
These foods will require your braces to come in contact with hard surfaces. While your incisors are designed to slice easily through hard surfaces like apples, your blunt braces most certainly are not. People who utilize their braces without regard for what they’re eating often times end up with braces that are damaged or are less effective overall.
Damaging braces and requiring additional orthodontic visits is not fun for anybody but least of all for the recipient and their pocketbook. However, there are some ways of mitigating this such as cutting apples into slices or taking the corn off the cob before consumption.
Focusing on the positives
Another important aspect is to make sure that you focus on positives. While you may be limited in foods that you traditionally like to eat such as crispy foods like popcorn, chips, corn on the cob, or apples, as well as anything sticky or gummy like toffee or caramel, there are whole hosts of foods that you may be able to eat and find that you enjoy.
It can be an opportunity to explore culinary delights that you have never considered now that they may be a good option for you. Going down to your local bakery and trying a variety of their muffins, cakes, or even trying ethnic baked desserts and cookies may open up a whole world of edible possibilities for you. The best news of all is that these soft foods are no problem at all for your braces.
While your braces may not be good at going through hard materials, they are perfectly at home going through soft cakes, muffins, and breads. By focusing on what you can eat, it can make concerns about what you can’t eat far more palatable.
Another issue that concerns many people is what the whole process will entail. As mentioned before, there are many different questions that individuals ask. The best way of solving this problem is to simply have a meeting with your orthodontic office. By having a discussion with your orthodontic office about what getting braces will look like, what your restrictions will be, and even talking with them about some of the benefits and things to look forward to can all help make this process one that is far more enjoyable and can even be something you look forward to.
Steps to getting braces
When it comes to actually getting your braces, there are a few steps that occur. On the day of your big appointment, you will visit your orthodontist who will make sure your teeth are clean and dry. He or she will apply some bonding cement to the front of your teeth (unless you are getting lingual braces, then it will be on the back). Then the bracket is attached using that cement. Once all the brackets are on (and any bands around the molars, if needed), the archwire is run through the track in the brackets to connect them all and do the hard work of moving the teeth. Finally, the archwire is held in place with elastics. You can go with the tooth colored standard ones, or go wild with brightly colored elastics. After you get your braces on, you will need to visit your orthodontist every 4-6 weeks on average to get them tightened.
With all that in mind then, why not schedule a free consultation with your orthodontic office and see if they might be able to help alleviate your fears and encourage you with some of the fun things you can do before and after you get braces?
Orthodontic treatment with braces is becoming increasingly popular, as many realize the importance of orthodontists today.Some reasons to visit an orthodontist include getting braces, being fitted for Invisalign, correcting overbite problems or underbite problems, and many others.
Orthodontists are specialists in correcting the alignment of your teeth, the alignment of your jaw, and any dentition problems you may have. As a result, orthodontic treatment can help increase your self-esteem and your appearance.
If you have not been recommended to get braces but you think you would like to get braces, then you should visit an orthodontist for a proper assessment. During this assessment, your orthodontist will take a digital picture of your teeth and/or X-rays of your mouth to properly assess any oral problems you may have.
During this assessment, if you orthodontist deems it necessary for you to get braces, then you orthodontist will explain to you the process involved in getting braces, how to take care of your teeth while you have braces on, the steps to getting braces, and how to prepare for getting braces.
This process can be a long one and as such it is necessary to be as prepared for it as you can. If you follow the necessary steps as prescribed by the orthodontist, you can be confident of maximizing the results of your treatment.
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