Your orthodontist has told you that you must wear braces. And before you look at the things you need to expect when you wear braces, you have to consider the various reasons you have to wear them to begin with. First of all, dental braces correct too much space between the teeth, overbite, under-bite, over jets, crooked teeth and other jaw alignment problems. Adults can also wear braces to solve the same dental problems that children have although they may need to wear the dental braces for a longer period of time. It is important to understand however that you are an adult and this means that your facial bones are not growing anymore and there are a few problems that dental braces alone could not correct. If so, then what do you have to look forward to when you are told that you need to start wearing braces?
The first things you need to know is there are actually three phases when it comes to treatment. The initial phase is the placement of the braces on your teeth; then you would be asked to come in to adjust the braces, some would wince and say “tightening” of the braces and lastly, the part you would be told to wear retainers when the braces are taken off. Depending on the severity of the dental problem, you would be recommended to wear either a fixed brace or a removable clear aligner. Fixed braces are recommended for people with severe dental issues and consist of the following main components: brackets, flexible wire, ring bands and other accessories. On the other hand, if you only need minor corrections, clear aligners or invisible braces are recommended. Each set of these invisible braces is worn for two weeks, only removed when you are eating or brushing your teeth until it is replaced by a new set by your orthodontist.
On the other hand, wearing fixed braces mean you have to come in so the orthodontist can make adjustments over a period of time wherein he tightens the wires and bends them as needed. This would put pressure on the teeth and shift them into new positions which can be a little uncomfortable as the jaw responds to the adjustment by dissolving the bone that is in the path of the moving tooth so it can lay a new bone behind it. Expect that your jaws and teeth would feel a little sore for a few days after the adjustment is made and you can take over the counter pain relievers to relieve the soreness and pain and inform your orthodontist if the pain becomes worse. These retainers are worn because newly straightened teeth need to be stabilized for a specific period of time.