How Do Braces Work?

Traditionally, braces are made of brackets and wires that hold the braces on the teeth. While the brackets can be either metal or ceramic, depending on your preference, the archwire is always a flexible wire made of stainless steel used to connect the brackets. Ligatures, which are little elastic bands, are used to keep the archwire in place on the bracket.

The way braces work is by applying gentle pressure to gradually move the teeth into the right places. This process takes time, and throughout your treatment, we will make adjustments to the archwire to ensure there is consistent pressure being applied.

Do Braces Hurt?

Today’s orthodontic appliances make wearing braces a breeze. While braces themselves are painless to have put on, it’s normal to feel some discomfort or soreness after initially getting your braces on and after regular adjustment appointments.

What Foods Will I Have To Avoid When Getting Braces?

Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new braces. At your initial appointment, we’ll review in detail the foods that you will need to avoid and give you any tips on how to prevent food from damaging your brackets. Here are some common foods to avoid while you have braces:

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

How Do I Care For My Teeth While Wearing Braces?

At your initial appointment, our team will explain the best way to care for your braces and teeth during treatment. Generally, you’ll need to be extra diligent about cleaning your teeth while wearing braces. When you have braces, it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you need help choosing the right toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, please ask us and we can help you choose the right products for your teeth and your appliance.

It’s important to follow our instructions carefully and call us if you have any questions or concerns about caring for your braces.

Should I Continue To See My Family Dentist While In Braces?

Absolutely! Our orthodontic team works closely with your family dentist to ensure that you receive the best care possible. It’s important to continue your routine dental cleanings to ensure your teeth are staying healthy during your braces treatment.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

The cost of braces varies by each case depending on the extent of any issues needing correction. At Holmes & Palmer Orthodontics, we work very hard for you to get the maximum insurance benefits for your treatment and customize all financing options to fit your specific budget. We believe everyone deserves a smile they are proud of and will work with you to make treatment affordable.