There are often many questions that arise when you first get braces. We are here to answer any questions you may have about orthodontic care.
- Will having braces hurt?
This is definitely the most common question asked and we completely understand your concerns. The process of getting braces can be a scary experience but we can assure you, there is nothing to be anxious about. Your braces are placed by our Specialist Orthodontist, Dr Mehta, who is incredibly gentle and you will have no discomfort during this process. All you have to do is sit back and relax. You can expect some soreness or discomfort a few hours after and following your adjustment visits. This is because your teeth are actively moving and straightening. This can be eased by eating softer foods and if needed, some pain relief such as Panadol or Nurofen. But do not worry, this discomfort will ease in the days following your appointments.
- What foods can I eat?
Braces are glued onto the teeth, so it is important to look after them to ensure that we minimise any breakages and unnecessary emergency visits. To prevent this, we advise you to avoid eating hard, crunchy or sticky foods. The most common foods to avoid are hard or chewy lollies, crunchy chocolate, crusty bread and whole nuts. Try crushing your almonds or cashews and ensure you cut food up into smaller bite-sized pieces, like apples. Not only does it make eating a lot easier, but helps to prevent any breakages.
- How long will I need to have braces for?
As every individual is different, there is no definite timeline of how long you will have to have braces for. However, we always give an estimate of 2 years. Some patients may take more or less time. There are many factors which can determine this, such as the age of the patient, severity of the crowding, attendance of appointments, number of breakages and also the rate of tooth movement in each individual.
- Do I get to choose the colour of my braces?
The braces are made of metal, however you are able to choose the colour of the elastic, called a module, that holds the wire in place. This colour can be changed at every appointment. So, you can have rainbow one visit and Christmas colours the next. It is completely up to you and your imagination! If colours are not your thing, you can get a silver-coloured module to blend in with the metal colour of the braces. Alternatively, we do offer clear braces which are made of ceramic material and are less visible than the metal braces. We will discuss all these options with you.
- Am I too old to get braces?
Definitely not! At Mehta Orthodontics, we welcome patients of all ages. It is never too late to feel confident about your smile. As we age, the rate of tooth movement is slower than children and adolescents. Your treatment may therefore take a little longer, but this does not mean that we cannot achieve a beautiful and healthy smile for you.