Braces are orthodontic appliances that have been around for thousands of years. While the materials and design have changed a lot in that time, the basic idea behind them has stayed the same through time. What braces from McPherson Dental care do are provide force to move teeth in a specific and controlled way. This gives you the chance to have a mouth full of teeth that are straight and white, perfect for showing off with every smile.
What Do Braces Consist Of?
Braces are made of two components, bands, and brackets. The brackets are the metal braces that are attached to the front of the tooth. Brackets include a base, slot, and wings. The wires for the braces are placed in the slot. The wings are used to hold the wire in the slot by the use of a small rubber band. The base is what attaches the bracket to your teeth.
Bands are used largely on the back molars but may be placed on other teeth as well. These have the same design as a bracket except for the fact that the wire will slide into a tube with a band. This gives additional support for mouth movements with the wires. It can make it harder for any breaks to occur.
What Lifestyle Changes Do Braces Require?
You will need to watch what you eat after getting braces. However, most of your favorite foods will still be completely accessible even when wearing braces. Some of the foods that you should limit or avoid include the following:
- Hard foods like hard candy or nuts
- Crunchy foods like chips, popcorn, and ice
- Foods that require biting into like apples, corn on the cob, and carrots
- Sticky foods like chewing gum and caramel candy
- Chewy foods like licorice or bagels
This might seem like a lot, but many things are still available. You can still eat more meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and bread. Sweet treats like milkshakes, cake, Jell-O, and ice cream are also fine to eat. If you are curious about a specific food, Dr. Brian Kynaston, Dr. Matthew Perry, or Dr. Seth will be happy to give you more information.
Will Braces Hurt?
When you are first getting used to your braces, it is not uncommon to feel some tenderness in your mouth and teeth. However, this is not something that will apply the entire time you use braces. In most cases, any soreness will stop within one or two weeks. Applying wax to your braces can also help with this problem.
Are Brushing and Flossing Different with Braces?
While wearing braces, you will want to continue brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal. Your McPherson Dental Care dentist can also give you information on what kind of brush, flosser, and toothpaste will work best. They may also give you specific instructions for brushing and flossing in a way that is more comfortable while using braces.
Learn More About Traditional Braces Today
The dentists at McPherson Dental Care would be happy to work with you to correct any orthodontic issues you may have. Set an appointment by calling us at 620-241-5000 or contact us through our website.