Braces FAQ

Does getting braces on hurt?


No, getting the braces placed on is a very simple process. Each bracket gets individually placed on to each tooth. So there is no pain involved.


Are there any foods I can’t eat?


Yes, there are some foods you will not be able to eat with braces to avoid breaking off brackets. We recommend you stay away from foods that are sticky, hard, crunchy or foods you have to bite into. For example: caramels, sugary gum, nuts, corn on the cob, apples, and raw carrots.


You will have to change the way you eat some food as well. For example: cutting an apple or carrots into small pieces or cutting the corn off the cob.


How often do I need to come for appointments and when should I book?


Generally the appointments will be every 6-8 weeks unless otherwise recommended by Dr. Phan. You should book your next appointment at every appointment while it is fresh in your mind.


How long is every appointment?


Most adjustment appointments will be approximately 30 minutes.


What should I do if I break a bracket?


If a bracket comes off you should call the office right away. Most of the time we will be able to extend you next adjustment so you don’t need to make a separate appointment for it. If the bracket is bothering you, you can always place wax on it until you are in next.


Will wearing braces interfere with sports or playing instruments?


No, wearing braces should not interfere with playing any sports or playing any instruments. If you are playing a contact sport that requires a mouth guard you should still be wearing one. We recommend buying a boil and bite one so you can adjust it as your teeth are moving.


Do I need to see my dentist while wearing braces?


Yes, you should see your dentist or hygienist every 3-4 months for regular cleanings during treatment.


How long will I have to wear retainers for after treatment?

You should keep your retainers for as long as you want straight teeth. For more information please see retainer information sheet.


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