Braces are a common orthodontic treatment for children and adults. They help straighten teeth by holding them in place to allow the alignment process to take place naturally. You may also hear braces called “aligners” because they provide gradual, constant pressure that slowly moves your teeth into position over time. Your orthodontist can tell you more about how braces work and if they’re right for you!
If you’re new to braces, there are a few things you’ll need to know. For example, you’ll want to adjust your diet a bit and avoid certain foods that can damage your braces. You should also brush and floss after every meal (and before bed too!) to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Be sure to get between your teeth even though you now have braces.
You’ll also need to start using a retainer once your teeth are in their final position, which you can expect about two years after beginning treatment with aligners. This is because it takes time for the bone and tissue around your teeth to grow into place since they’re moving slowly (and sometimes shrinking). You should brush your retain as well to keep them healthy and functional.
Like anything else this will become more natural as time passes. If you have any questions or concerns about your braces, be sure to talk with Chamblee Orthodontics so they can help guide you on the right path.