If you or someone in your family is considering orthodontics, you most likely have a few questions you’d like to ask before treatment begins. After all, it is a significant health-related decision, and it is important to understand the process fully. At Markham Orthodontics, we are always happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have. Today, we will discuss a few of the most important questions to ask an orthodontist before getting braces.
Are Braces Worth it?
Yes! Braces are entirely worth it. We all know that the primary concern on any patient’s mind is straightening their teeth, but did you know that orthodontics can address much, much more? When teeth are in proper alignment, they are protected from potential problems such as shifting, erosion, decay, gum disease, and more.
Any Sacramento orthodontic treatment that involves some type of braces will not only improve your smile but will also fix any function issues as well as provide you with better oral health. At Markham Orthodontics, we have several types of braces for you to choose from, including traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign®.
Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?
Many times, patients will have more than one choice when it comes to orthodontic treatment in Sacramento. Each option has its own set of unique advantages. To determine which treatment will be most conducive to your goals and lifestyle, ask the orthodontist to discuss the pros and cons of each.
If you are eligible to wear Invisalign, however, there are many upsides when compared to traditional braces. First, you don’t have to follow a diet. Given that you can remove your aligners at will, you can just take them out before any meal, wash them thoroughly, and you are good to go. On the same note, cleaning them is much easier as you don’t have any obstacles like brackets and wires in the way.
Second, compared to traditional braces, your invisible aligners are precisely that, invisible. There are no wires or metal parts that will take away from your smile. You can enjoy a natural look all throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Sadly, if you have a severe orthodontic issue, clear aligners may be unable to fix the problem. While they seem simpler and less visible, they lack the strength and precision that more traditional braces do have.
What Foods Should I Avoid With Braces?
Depending on the type of braces you choose, you will most likely need to make lifestyle adjustments accordingly. Therefore, it is important to ask your orthodontist about any necessary dietary restrictions or hygiene recommendations. Knowing exactly what to expect is helpful when it comes to beginning treatment.
You’ll have to avoid various different types of food that can either damage your dental braces or make the cleaning process significantly more difficult. They include hard foods, crunchy foods, sticky foods, and sugary foods. The last one you can consume as long as you don’t do it too often.
Fruits and vegetables are okay if you cut them into small pieces, but you should try boiling them first. Similarly, most types of meats are not a problem if cut into bite-size pieces.
How Long Do Braces Take?
Each patient is unique. Therefore, treatment times can vary for every individual. Ask your orthodontist approximately how long your treatment will take. He or she will have a fairly accurate idea after your initial consultation. The average orthodontic timeline lasts about 18 to 24 months. However, some patients may complete their treatment sooner, while others may need a bit longer.
Can I Play Sports With Braces?
Yes, you can play sports with braces. Although, you are more likely to suffer from minor cuts in your mouth than before. While the main concern is injuring your teeth, tongue, cheeks, and gums, there is also the problem of damaging or breaking parts of your modern braces. While mouthguards for braces do exist, they are not as common as regular guards designed to avoid excessive grinding and clenching at night.
Just remember to be extra careful around your mouth, and you’ll be good to go with most sports.
Do You Have to Get Wisdom Teeth Removed for Braces?
No, you don’t have to get wisdom teeth removed for braces. Fortunately for everyone, it is only a myth that braces can move the whole row of permanent teeth. While there are many valid reasons for removing braces, you are not in danger of getting crooked teeth once your third molars start growing, nor are they going to interrupt your orthodontic treatment. In some cases, orthodontists can even attach your braces to your wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are only a point of concern when they start to erupt in such a way that will either compromise your oral hygiene or will create pressure on your dental structures.
Can I Whiten My Teeth During Ortho Treatment?
Yes, you can whiten your teeth during your braces treatment, but it’s not recommended. If you whiten your teeth while wearing braces, you risk having multi-shade-colored teeth. Given that with regular braces you have brackets attached to every tooth, it is possible that the tooth area under the bracket doesn’t change color as it should.
Contact Us Today
Interested in learning more about orthodontics? Schedule a consultation with us. At Markham Orthodontics, we dedicate ourselves to making you feel at home and comfortable throughout your treatment. To schedule an appointment at our Sacramento, CA practice, contact us online or call us at (916) 924-8790.