Q: Do Braces hurt?
A: When braces are first placed, or after they are adjusted, they can cause temporary soreness that lasts for a few days. After that, you teeth and mouth get used to the change and the uncomfortableness subsides. Over the counter pain medications, like Advil or Tylenol, are usually all that is needed to reduce any discomfort.
Q: How long will I need them?
A: There are a lot of factors that need to be considered, such as your age, the severity of your case and the overall condition of your mouth. While average treatment for children is between 18-32 months, each case is unique and adults may take slightly longer. Once an in-office consultation is done, Dr. Zand can provide you with a more accurate timeline.
Q: Why does a bracket become loose?
A: It usually means the the seal of the cement has broken. It may be from too much pressure on the bracket while biting, or that a diet high in sugar or acid has eaten away at the cement. In either case, call our office to schedule an appointment to have the bracket recemented. Please bring the bracket with you.
Q:What i there is a wire poking me in the back of my mouth?
A: try to tuck it in with the eraser side of a pencil. If that doesn’t work, place some wax over the tip of the wire to keep it from poking you further. You can also use the wax on areas where a bracket or a hook are irritating you.
Q: Can I take off my braces temporarily, like for my wedding?
A: If your treatment is not complete but you have a big event coming up that you want the braces off for, we can accommodate you so that you look beautiful on your important day.
Q: I’m only half way through treatment, but my teeth look great! Can we take them off already?!?
A: We can take your braces off early at your request, however, although your teeth may look perfect to you, there are still changes that need to be made so that your teeth function properly. Early removal is incomplete treatment and your teeth may relapse to what they were before. We don’t recommend it, but we try to accommodate our patients in certain situations.