The Right Time for Braces, Part 2

Will treatment be uncomfortable? The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, putting mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth gradually. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. Do I have to avoid any foods or personal habits? Yes. Cut down on sweets, chips and pop. Sugary and starchy foods generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. Healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples should be cut into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like caramel can [...]