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Getting and Living with Braces

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What to Expect While Improving Your Smile

No one said getting braces was going to be easy. But trust us, it will be worth it when you have that perfect smile. Meanwhile, here are a few things you can expect while you're going through treatment.

The Process of Getting Braces

The Consultation

The first step is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist at ProHEALTH Dental. The doctor will examine your teeth and talk to you about your treatment options during this visit. They will also discuss how long treatment will take and what you can expect during the process.

The Treatment Process

Once you've decided to get braces, the next step is to have them placed on your teeth. This is usually done in a single appointment, and you will be given instructions on how to care for your new braces.

You will need to visit the orthodontist regularly for adjustments, which help move your teeth into their new positions. These appointments are usually scheduled every few weeks.

The Final Results

After your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in their new positions. Wearing a retainer is usually only required at night, but your orthodontist will give you specific instructions.

Tips for Living With Braces

Caring for your teeth is essential, especially when you have braces. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

Potential Discomfort

When you first get braces, you may experience some discomfort, but this should go away after a few days. If you have any pain or other problems, you should contact your orthodontist.

Foods to Avoid When You Have Braces

You should avoid certain foods to help prevent damage to your braces. These foods include:

  • Chewy foods: bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, chips
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, hard candy
  • Sugary drinks: soda, sports drinks

Additionally, you should cut your food into smaller pieces and chew slowly to avoid accidents.

If you have any questions about what you can and can't eat with braces, you should ask your orthodontist.

Caring for Your Braces

It's important to take good care of your braces to ensure a successful treatment. Be sure to brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. You may also need to use special products, like interdental brushes or water flossers, to help clean around your braces.

Perfect Your Smile with ProHEALTH Dental

Braces are a big commitment, but they are worth it in the end. With proper care, you will have a beautiful smile that you can be proud of.

At ProHEALTH Dental, we are here to help you every step of the way. We offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments, and our experienced doctors will work with you to find the best option for your needs.

To learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation, contact us today. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions and help you get started on your journey to a perfect smile!