Life with Braces

Braces are often the most effective way for you to improve the appearance and function of your teeth. At Elite Orthodontics, Ammar Al-Mahdi, DDS provides braces to people in Falls Church and Fairfax, Virginia. He can help you determine if braces are the best course of treatment for you, and how to care for them during wear. Call the office or book an appointment online to find out more about braces and their potential to transform your smile.

Why should I consider braces?

Braces can straighten crooked teeth and correct problems with your bite. Straight teeth are easier to clean, reducing your risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. By correcting your bite, braces can also alleviate jaw pain and make chewing easier.

Who is a candidate for braces?

Anyone bothered by issues of crooked teeth or the quality of their bite can consider braces. While you might associate braces with teens, adults can also get effective treatment with braces and experience decades of straighter, more functional teeth. Modern styles are also less noticeable, with Dr. Ammar offering clear, traditional metal, and colored versions.

How long will I need to wear braces?

Most teens wear braces for between one and three years, but treatment time depends on your particular problem and how your teeth react to the treatment. How you cooperate with the treatment, including your compliance with wearing rubber bands, maintaining oral hygiene, and keeping up with regular checkups, also affect wear time.

What dietary restrictions come with wearing braces?

To keep your brackets and wires from being damaged, you do want to avoid certain foods. These include:

  • Chewy foods, such as licorice
  • Crunchy foods, such as popcorn and nuts
  • Sticky foods, such as caramel and gum
  • Hard foods, such as jawbreakers and nuts

You will also find it difficult to eat foods that require you to bite into them, like corn on the cob and whole apples. Many of your favorite foods are still enjoyable though, including dairy, breads, meats, seafood, cooked vegetables, ice cream, and soft cakes.

Will braces make my mouth sore?

When you first have your braces put on, your mouth can feel a little sore. This soreness will not last, but to relieve soreness, dissolve a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and swish it around before spitting it out. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help you with this initial pain as well.

In the first one to two weeks of wearing your braces, you could experience some irritation of the soft tissue of your mouth where the braces rub, including your lips and cheeks. Dr. Ammar provides you with wax to coat the sharp edges of your braces as your mouth becomes tougher with braces wear.

To learn more about braces as an orthodontic treatment, call Elite Orthodontics or book an appointment online today.