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Braces basics: What do you need to know

Once you have talked to your doctor and made the decision to pursue a greater smile with the help of braces, you will need to know the basics of having braces and caring for them.



First, let’s discuss the types of braces you can get. There are typically four types of braces used today. Three of them utilize wires and elastics to straighten your teeth and the other uses plastic trays to align your teeth known as Invisalign. Talk to your orthodontist, they will be able to choose the right braces for your unique dental needs. Braces are not just for kids and teens! The bands that hold the brackets together don’t have to be neon pink or green- clear more discreet options are available to get you to your perfect smile.



Right after the application or tightening of your braces, you will experience some varying levels of discomfort. Here are some braces basics about softer foods:

Foods to avoid while you have your braces on are any that are hard, sticky or tough to chew.



Some pain and discomfort is normal to feel because your teeth are realigning. There is pressure that you will feel against your teeth and gums from the wires and elastic bands. You can try your preferred method of pain relief, such as over-the-counter pain medication, but sensitivity and pain can also be eased with pain medication that can be prescribed. Please consult your doctor if your pain persists.



Talk to your orthodontist about proper care of your braces. You’ll need to brush regularly and make sure to get out the food particles that can get caught between the braces. you should also avoid sticky foods. With proper care and by seeing your orthodontist regularly for checkups, you can keep your teeth healthy while your braces are in place.

Soft bristled toothbrushes and proxabrushes are the best tools for your everyday use. Flossing is still important but you need to be very aware and careful of your technique.

Check out our page on Oral Hygiene for more information and step by step tutorials.


Braces basics are important and caring for your braces will make your whole experience much better. Call Dr. Walker today for your next steps to a great smile.


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