If you’ve decided to get metal braces, then it’s understandable that you’ll have plenty of questions about the treatment process and how it will fit in with your existing lifestyle. So, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions about treatment…
What are the advantages of metal braces compared to other types of treatment?
Metal appliances offer a whole host of benefits over other types of treatment. They are strong, robust, and easier to adjust than other types of appliance. They are also typically cheaper than other types of appliance and better equipped to deal with more complex problems and movements.
Is treatment suitable for me?
Metal braces are one of the most versatile types of dental treatment and they can be used to treat a wide range of issues and imperfections. During your initial consultation, your dentist will discuss the options with you and establish if treatment is suitable for you.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment can range from as little as 6 months for simple cases, through to much longer for more complex treatments. The length of your treatment will vary depending on your unique circumstances and the extent of the treatment but, as a general rule, typical treatments last around 18 months.
Will I experience any pain?
Most people find that the fitting of their metal braces is a relatively painless process – there’s no need for injections or pain relief! Once your appliance has been fitted, however, you may start to notice some discomfort. This discomfort only lasts a few days, however, and can usually be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
Will they affect my speech?
You may notice a small amount of difficulty with speech, especially when you first get your appliance fitted – a slight lisp and other minor speech difficulties are relatively common and nothing to worry about. Any speech problems that you do experience will usually disappear after a week or two when you get used to speaking with your brace in.
How noticeable will metal braces be?
When it comes to their appearance, metal braces have earned a bit of a bad rep over the years. But you’ll be pleased to hear that they are now far smaller and less visible than they used to be. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that metal appliances are still the most visible types of braces and they will be visible in your mouth.
Will I be able to eat what I want whilst wearing my braces?
Although you’ll be free to eat and drink whatever you want to whilst wearing your appliance, there are certain foods that you should avoid in order to prevent damage. Try to avoid chewy and crunchy foods – so think twice before tucking into any liquorice, caramel, sweets, apples, nuts, or corn on the cob?
Will I be able to play sports with my braces on?
Yes, you will be able to continue playing all the sports you played before (and take up new ones whenever you like!). You do need to ensure that you take care when playing sports though, particularly contact sports. It’s advisable that you have a specialist mouthguard made in order to protect your cheeks and gums from cuts and injuries.
Will my braces be difficult to clean?
When you first have your appliance fitted, you’ll probably find that it takes a bit longer than usual to clan your teeth – once you get used to your new routine, however, it will just become a normal part of your day-to-day life.