31 May Fixed Braces: Useful Q&A’s
Crown House Dental in Egham answer your questions about braces.
Here at your local Egham dentist we provide a wide range of orthodontic services, including fixed braces.
This type of treatment isn’t particularly fast and is a big change, especially for children. So it really isn’t much of a surprise that we get lots of questions about the treatment, all of which we are happy to discuss during appointments. In the meantime, this list of the most common braces questions we get, and our answers, should help you feel a little more informed:
How Long Are The Braces On For?
This is individual to the person but a set of fixed braces will often be on for up to a year and sometimes more.
How Many Times Do I Need To See A Dentist During The Treatment?
Every 6 weeks to 2 months you’ll be popping in to us for brace readjustments. These readjustments ensure the treatment is constantly being as effective as possible.
Will It Hurt After Appointments?
When you first have your brace fitted your mouth is likely to be slightly sore and perhaps a little uncomfortable but this will quickly change and you’ll feel more comfortable as time goes on. Taking over the counter painkillers (check for child suitable dosage/versions with the pharmacy), using a clear dental wax, and consuming soft foods that won’t aggravate your mouth will all help you feel more comfortable.
Will I Sound Different When I Talk?
Your speech may be affected at first, but most people talk normally again after a few days of getting used to the brace.
Is There Anything I Can’t Do With The Brace?
It is a good idea to avoid biting your nails, chewing pens and pencils, and consuming extremely sticky sugary food. You can still enjoy sports, but it is recommended you wear a special mouth-guard for contact sports. Your Egham dentist can make one of these for you. If you play the recorder or any woodwind instruments, you might find it a bit more difficult at first but with practise you will adapt.
Will I Have To Eat Soft Foods The Entire Time I Have A Brace?
You only have to eat soft foods in the first few days after you have had the brace fitted. After that you can eat harder foods, but we recommend you cut them into bite-size pieces. Anything sticky like toffee or chewy sweets should be avoided altogether. After you have had your braces fitted your local dentist in TW20 will discuss what to avoid eating or drinking.
What Happens If My Brace Gets Damaged?
Contact the Crown House Dental team and we will discuss this further with you. The most important thing is getting in touch as soon as possible so we can find out the details and get you booked in for an appointment (before your next appointment) if that is necessary.
Call Crown House Dental, Egham, For More Information
If you want to enquire about braces, have a question about your braces or your child’s braces, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01784432641 and we will be more than happy to help.