A straighter smile boosts confidence and helps prevent a number of dental problems as you age. Yet there are many kids (and their parents) who are hesitant to get braces because they are afraid of how braces will feel, how other people will react to their new appearance and the cost.
Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics in Albuquerque, New Mexico provides quality pediatric orthodontic care. We create a friendly environment to relieve anxiety, and we take the time to educate our patients and their parents about what to expect when you have braces so that you can feel confident about your future smile.
Braces straighten teeth by applying constant, gentle pressure. As your teeth gradually shift, your braces will need to be adjusted to continually encourage teeth to move to their proper position.
Because every patient responds differently to orthodontic treatment, there are no rules for how many follow-up visits you will need or how often braces will need adjusting. Your Smiles for Kids orthodontist will always let you know about your alignment progress and when to have your mom or dad schedule the next adjustment.
Patients are often afraid that the constant application of pressure will hurt all the time. It doesn’t. You may be aware of pressure when you first get braces and after each adjustment. Some patients experience mild discomfort, which can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, like acetaminophen, or local anesthetics, like benzocaine (Anbesol).
It may take some time for your mouth to get used to braces, so there may be day or two after you first get braces where you feel like you cannot talk or eat normally.
Otherwise, life with braces is almost the same as life without braces. To avoid damaging your braces and getting food stuck in the brackets and wires, our orthodontists recommend you avoid:
You may need to ramp-up your daily oral care by brushing three times each day, but you still only need to floss once and use mouthwash after snacks.
Braces are only one option for correcting bite and alignment issues. The orthodontists at Smiles for Kids carefully evaluate your needs to create a customized treatment plan. Have your parent or guardian contact us to schedule an initial consultation with one of our orthodontists and get started on the journey to a straighter, healthier smile!