It’s no secret that braces can give your teeth a beautiful, straight appearance. But are they permanent? Can they stain your teeth over time? This blog post will illuminate the answers to these questions and more. So if you’re curious about braces, keep reading!
What are braces, and what do they do for your teeth
Braces are an orthodontic treatment that is used to straighten teeth and improve the alignment of the jaw. Various types of braces are available, including metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear braces. Braces work by putting gentle pressure on the teeth, which over time, helps to move them into place. The length of time someone will need to wear braces will vary depending on the severity of their misalignment. However, in most cases, treatment will take between 12 and 24 months. For best results, following your orthodontist’s instructions and attending all scheduled appointments is essential. Wearing braces is a commitment, but it is an investment in your oral health that can have lifelong benefits.
Factors that affect the treatment
The amount of time you will have to wear braces will depend on several factors, including the severity of your dental problem, age, and cooperation with treatment. Generally, the younger patients begin treatment, the shorter the overall treatment time will be. This is because young bones are still growing and responding well to orthodontic treatment. In contrast, adults often have jaws already set in place, making it more difficult to move teeth into their proper positions. Additionally, patients who follow their orthodontist’s instructions carefully and avoid eating hard or sticky foods are more likely to see results quickly than those who do not. As a result, while there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, your orthodontist will be able to give you a better idea of how long you can expect to wear braces after examining your case.
Foods I should avoid while wearing braces
When you have braces, it’s essential to be careful about the kinds of foods you eat. Crunchy, complex, and sticky foods can damage your braces or get caught between the brackets and wires. You’ll need to cut down on certain foods, such as popcorn, pretzels, nuts, and chewing gum. In addition, sugary foods can cause cavities, so it’s best to limit your intake of candy, cookies, and cake.
Can braces stain my teeth?
Dental braces are made of metal wires and brackets bonded to your teeth. When you eat or drink, the tiny nooks and crannies around the brackets can trap food and debris, leading to staining. Brushing and flossing regularly can help to remove debris and prevent staining. Still, it can be challenging to reach all of the areas around the brackets. As a result, some people may find their teeth stained after getting braces. If you’re concerned about staining, talk to your orthodontist about ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
Are braces permanent?
In most cases, braces need to be worn for about two years. After the braces are removed, patients usually need to wear a retainer to keep their teeth in place. In some instances, braces may need to be worn for a more extended period. However, once the teeth are in their correct position, they should stay there permanently.
Parkdale family dental wants to remind our patients that braces do not permanently stain their teeth. If you are a patient currently wearing braces or considering getting them, please feel free to contact us and ask any questions you may have. We are here to help make the process as smooth as possible for you!