Welcome to our Havener Orthodontics blog!
Whether you are a new or existing patient, we’re excited you are here. On our blog, we hope to answer all your questions and share tips about orthodontics and oral health!
Let’s get started! Today we are answering the most commonly asked questions about braces.
Question: When should orthodontic treatment be started?
Answer: Generally, you should speak to an orthodontist if you see visible misalignment or spacing issues with your teeth. You’re never too old to begin orthodontic treatment — but if you start at an earlier age, your problems may be easier to treat. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child who may need orthodontic treatment should come in for a first visit around age 7.
Question: Do braces hurt?
Answer: Having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so, as they adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness as well, though it typically lasts only a short time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort, but are usually unnecessary.
Question: How long will treatment take?
Answer: It’s different for each person, but generally the active stage of treatment (that is, wearing braces or other appliances) may take from 6-30 months. After that, a retainer is worn for at least several months more.
Have more questions about orthodontics?
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