Your Guide To Braces
Lawrenceville & Loganville, GA
What Types Of Braces Do You Offer?
We offer metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual braces, self-ligating braces, and invisible braces.
How Long Must I Wear Braces?
Treatments vary from case to case. On average, braces are worn from 1 to 2 years.
Do I Have To Wear A Retainer After Getting My Braces Off?
We recommend wearing a retainer full-time for 2 months after braces come off, and then nighttime for a lifetime afterward to keep your teeth perfectly straight.
Are Braces Painful?
For the most part, braces involve little to no pain. When tightened and fixed, experiencing pressure and slight discomfort is common. By correcting your teeth gradually, the process is designed to greatly mitigate soreness.
Can Braces Interfere With Extracurricular Activities Like Sports Or Playing An Instrument?
There may be a brief adjustment period to performing certain activities, like playing the clarinet or flute. However, the learning curve is almost always extremely seamless and quick. In terms of high-contact and physically active sports, we highly recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect your mouth from injury.
What Can’t I Eat While Wearing Braces?
To avoid sticky situations (literally), we recommend avoiding foods that could get easily stuck in your braces. Usually, anything too chewy, crunchy, sticky, or hard is best to avoid. Gum, caramel, popcorn, hard candies, crunchy chips, and licorice are a few obvious examples. If you opt for braces, we will provide you with a comprehensive list to help you stay vigilant.
What Happens If Something Gets Stuck In My Teeth?
Getting food stuck between your braces and teeth is common. There are lots of immediate solutions that can often rectify the situation. Flossing, using a water flosser, toothpicks, and thoroughly rinsing often should do the job. If you are really struggling, we will happily assess the situation and offer additional tips or services.
Do I Need To Brush My Teeth More Often If I Have Braces?
Due to the presence of brackets, metal, wires, and other materials in your mouth, frequent brushing is highly recommended. With braces, food can get caught much more easily, allowing bacteria to build up and flourish. That is why we highly recommend brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day.