Getting clear braces is an experience unlike any other and learning how to deal with them can take some time. Knowing what to expect after your braces are first worn will help prepare you for the process. This way, there’s no need for you to feel nervous or anxious when it comes to wearing them. While braces take time and effort to straighten teeth, the results are most definitely worth it.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces or ceramic braces as they are known, are used by dentists and orthodontists to straighten teeth. Fitted to the front surfaces of the teeth they consist of a series of clear ceramic brackets connected with tooth-coloured wires of a similar colour. This makes them an ideal choice for those looking to straighten teeth discreetly.
Ceramic (clear) braces are an alternative option to conventional metal braces and are similar in the way that they are applied, the duration of treatment, and in their removal. They can also be used to treat the same dental issues as metal braces and clear aligners which include:
- Protruding or crooked teeth
- Overbites and underbites
- Mismatched dental midlines
Without treatment, these issues can lead to misaligned jaw growth, improper chewing habits, and patient dissatisfaction with their appearance.
Getting clear braces – how to prepare?
Once your dentist has recommended clear braces, you can start to prepare for your first appointment. Since this is a non-invasive treatment, the procedure is quite simple. You do, however, need to have visited your dentist recently for a check-up and clean, had any cavities filled, and brushed and flossed your teeth thoroughly before your appointment.
The best way to ensure your teeth adjust to clear braces is to maintain healthy teeth and good oral care at home. For the first few days after getting braces, it’s best to stick to soft foods like soup, yoghurts, bananas, smoothies and protein shakes. So you might want to stock up on these products early. Finally, try to avoid carbonated drinks and sugary food as much as you can to prevent tooth decay.
The actual process of getting braces doesn’t hurt and typically takes between 1 and 2 hours – the time it takes to watch a movie. You may feel a little pressure during some parts of the procedure, but overall, you’ll feel little or no discomfort.
What to expect after getting clear braces?
Here are some of the things you can expect once your braces are in place.
A slight element of discomfort
Once your clear braces are attached you may feel some discomfort within a couple of hours or so.
This is normal and may manifest itself in a headache, jaw discomfort, or pain when you eat. These symptoms can usually be eased with painkillers such as Ibuprofen and usually subside within a day or so.
Sore lips and gums
Naturally, the mouth isn’t used to foreign objects like wires and brackets which can mean that initially, lips and gums may feel sore. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help reduce any discomfort and applying dental wax will help protect your mouth from inflammation. After a few days you should get used to your braces and the good news is that your lips and gums should quickly adapt.
In order to straighten teeth, braces first have to shift them from their current position, thus forcing them into perpetual motion or movement until they reach their ultimate position. So, don’t worry if your teeth feel loose during treatment because it is perfectly normal.
At the start of clear braces treatment, it’s best to eat soft foods as mentioned earlier on to minimise any discomfort. It’s also best to steer clear of foods that could get stuck around your braces such as caramels, popcorn and chewing gum. Once you get used to your braces, you should be able to eat normally.
Frequent orthodontic visits
After getting clear braces you should expect to visit your dentist every 8 to 10 weeks. This is to monitor your progress and to tighten any wires, in order to keep teeth moving in the right direction.
You’ll be wearing them for one to two years
It’s usual to wear clear braces for one to two years depending on the complexity of your condition. During this time, life can go on as normal and you can still play sports provided you wear a mouthguard. Even if you play a musical instrument like a flute or recorder, don’t worry because your mouth will adjust over time so you won’t lose out.
The time spent with your braces, however, will be worth it in the long-term because Clear braces are proven to produce outstanding results and once yours are removed, we’re pretty sure that you’ll be thrilled with your new smile.
If you’re considering getting clear braces to straighten your teeth, then why not get in touch with the experienced dental team at Randwick Smiles. Call today on (02) 8188 4625 to book an appointment and take the first step to a healthier, confidence-boosting smile.