Maybe you just scheduled an appointment to get braces. Maybe you have a crooked smile that you want to get fixed with braces. Maybe you’re just a curious soul. Whatever the case may be, we’ve got you covered with 9 things you should know before, during, and after getting braces in Tysons.
1. Your Life Won’t Change Too Much
Many people think braces will completely change how they are seen by other people. The truth is, most people probably won’t comment much on them. People of all ages have braces. They are so common these days that it’s not really a big deal.
2. Braces Won’t Really Hurt
As with any dental procedure, your teeth may be sore for a few days after you get your braces put on. However, as your teeth get used to them, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort. If you do, an over-the-counter pain reliever is typically enough to solve your problem.
3. Once Treatment Is Done, You’ll Look Fantastic
If you think you might be getting cold feet about braces, don’t worry. Just think of how amazing your smile will look once it’s nice and straight. A year or two of having braces is worth it for a lifetime of having a beautifully straight smile.
4. You’ll Have to Change Your Diet a Little
There are a few foods you’ll have to avoid during treatment, as they can damage the brackets or weaken the glue attaching the braces to your teeth. Avoid super crunchy and sticky food. With some foods, you will simply have to change the way you consume them. Instead of biting into a whole apple, for example, cut it up into little chunks.
5. It Will Take Longer to Clean Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth will take more effort since you’ll have to work around your braces. However, your oral hygiene routine is very important to make sure you don’t get tooth decay that could compromise your treatment.
6. Protect Your Mouth
If you play contact sports, wear a mouthguard. Getting injured could cause the wires to poke the soft tissues of your mouth, which can really hurt.
7. Don’t Immediately Eat Food You Couldn’t Eat During Treatment
Your teeth will be a little sensitive after your orthodontist in Tysons takes your braces off. Give them a chance to rest before you binge on popcorn and taffy.
8. Wear Your Retainer
You don’t want the past year of treatment to be for nothing. Wear your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist to prevent your teeth from shifting back to a crooked state.
9. Book a Dental Cleaning
The area under your brackets may not have been cleaned in a long time. Schedule a checkup and cleaning with your dentist soon after your braces come off to make sure your smile is not only straight, but clean. However, wait at least a month to get a whitening treatment, as your teeth will be sensitive.
Braces might sound scary or annoying, but the treatment will no doubt be worth it to see perfectly straight teeth smiling back at you in the mirror. Follow your treatment instructions to see that smile as soon as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Mina Abdolahi earned her master’s degree in orthodontics in 2013 from the University of Iowa. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and Virginia Association of Orthodontics. To learn more about how she can make your smile straight, click here or call (703)-625-6229.