If you have certain dental issues like gaps between your teeth or crooked teeth then you may be thinking about seeing if braces can help. If you are, then you'll want to learn some things about them that not everyone knows. The more you educate yourself before speaking with a dentist, the faster you can decide and the less stress you may experiencing regarding coming to that conclusion. Here are some things you may not know about braces that you should:
Braces are now made of different types of material, which gives you choices
When you decide to have braces put on you can go with ones made from metal, ceramic or plastic as long as your dentist feels that each type would work well with you. Some of the materials are quite visible, such as the metal. Other materials are much harder to see on your teeth, such as the ceramic braces.
You may be able to have braces put on the front or the back of your teeth
You know you can go with the traditional style of braces that go on the fronts of your teeth. However, you may also be able to choose to go with lingual braces if you prefer. These are braces that go on the back sides of your teeth so the braces aren't noticeable. While lingual braces allow you to have your issues corrected while going unnoticed, you do want to be prepared to deal with the fact that they can be more irritating and harder to get used to.
There are some foods you want to stay away from
Wearing braces allows you to get closer to achieving the smile you have always wanted, or possibly get the exact smile you have hoped for. However, you will need to avoid eating certain types of foods. Once you see the final results, you will know it was worth it. Some of the foods you want to stay away from when wearing braces include:
- Chewing gum
- Chewy foods like bagels and licorice
- Hard candy
- Crunchy foods like ice and popcorn
- Hard to bite into foods like apples and uncooked carrots
You will need to be careful not to injure your mouth when wearing braces
When you are wearing braces, you want to be sure you don't put yourself at risk of getting hit in the mouth. Even a light hit can cause the braces to cut the inside of your mouth. You also want to avoid doing things like chewing on pen caps or toothpicks because they can damage the braces and sharp pieces can end up cutting your mouth this way as well.
Contact your local dental services for more information and assistance.