5 Things To Keep in Mind Before Getting Dental Braces

November 11, 2019 - By Bruce Michaelson
5 Things To Keep in Mind Before Getting Dental Braces

Little metal chips attached to teeth can be a scary thought to fathom. But gone are the days when dental braces were considered something to be embarrassed about. Today they come in all shapes, colors and sizes and if any of these don’t work for you then there’s always the immensely popular version, Invisalign. While we’ve mentioned some of the basic factors regarding dental braces, we’re also left you wondering what are some of the more important pointers. While you don’t need to know absolutely everything here, be sure to follow on these five important tips:


Brace Yourself

Once the dentist has decided that you need dental appliances, you will be left with one of the most crucial decisions to make and that’s choosing the right braces for you. There’s traditional braces, of course, which have metamorphosed over the years making them lighter in weight and structure. So if you’re the “metal brackets attached to each tooth linked with a wire kind of person,” go old school. Ceramic braces as the name implies are made of a light and transparent ceramic material which allows it to rack up the popular votes. Slightly newer are the Damon Braces which use a slide mechanism instead of elastics to connect its archwire causing less pressure on the teeth and encouraging painless movement. Custom-made Invisalign brings up the rear with their plastic, mouth guard appearance which can be removed while eating and cleaning


Wax On, Wax Off

We’re not talking about the cleaning your car kind but rather protecting your lips kind. Orthodontic wax can be a real lifesaver, especially during the early months because it helps prevent your lips from getting bruised by constantly rubbing against the braces. Your dentist is sure to show you the proper way to apply the wax. Also, he is bound to assure you that it’s ok if you ingest it by mistake because it’s made to be non-toxic and safe for consumption.


Stuck On You

One thing individuals are most conscious about post braces is that certain foods are bound to get stuck in and around them. All you have to do is arm yourself with a braces care kit which can include a spare toothbrush, toothpaste and some sort of floss.  Problem solved and you get to have minty fresh breath as a bonus.


This is Not Goodbye

Since we’re on the subject of food, we’d like to hit upon another side note here. Although you don’t have to continue eating soft foods for long after you get your braces, there will be a few food types which will have to take a short hiatus until they come off. Crunchy foods like hard candy and nuts, and sticky ones like caramels and licorice are obvious contenders on the “Please Avoid” list. Corn on the cob and apples should be avoided when whole but can be enjoyed if sliced and cut into little pieces.


Not A Life Sentence

One of the first questions you’re bound to ask the dentist when discussing the topic of dental braces is when you can remove them? While it will depend on how misaligned the teeth are in each individual, around two years is given as a ballpark figure for most kids and teens.


So while getting braces may seem a little scary at first, it’ll actually seem like a great teeth-straightening adventure once you’re well-versed on the subject. We are sure that even after you familiarize yourself with the what and what nots, you’ll still have questions and concerns. Highly skilled dentists at American Dental Clinic will be more than happy to answer all your queries about getting dental braces in Dubai.


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