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Teen Braces: What to Expect

You are a teen and you just got the word. Braces are coming your way in the near future. While you might not be looking forward to metal brackets and wires, you need to always keep the finish line in sight. Remember that the end result of your teen braces will be well worth it when you see that amazing smile. Meanwhile, you can begin to prepare yourself for the journey ahead. Orthodontic treatment will involve patience as you wait to finally see how braces can transform your smile. It is beneficial to know what to expect while you wait.

Beginning Your Treatment

When your teen braces are first put on your teeth, expect your mouth to be sore. Unless you opt for Invisalign Teen® at our office in Dallas, you have brackets and wires that are applying a subtle amount of tension to your teeth. As they first apply pressure, you are likely to feel uncomfortable. The brackets may irritate the inside of your mouth. When you go through periodic adjustments, you’ll notice your mouth feeling tender again. You can take measures to make life easier on yourself when your teeth are sensitive. Eating soft foods and drinking cold water can bring you relief. You can also apply gel to your gums.

You Need to Take Care of Your Teeth

Cleaning your teeth is going to be more of a challenge with teen braces. If possible, clean your teeth at least twice a day or after every meal. Ask our orthodontist about the best ways to clean around your brackets and wires so that your teeth are healthy when the braces come off.

Our Orthodontist Will Monitor Your Progress

As you undergo treatment, expect regular visits to our office to ensure that you are on the right track. If there is any type of issue, our orthodontist will resolve it. If you lose a wire or bracket, our orthodontist can replace it. Think of our orthodontist as your partner in giving you an unforgettable smile.

You Will Need a Retainer

Once your orthodontic treatment is over, the final step is usually a retainer. Once our orthodontist removes your teen braces, you will be given a retainer that is customized to fit your mouth. Your retainer is essential to maintain the position of your teeth. Be sure to follow our orthodontist’s instructions concerning your retainer or you could see your teeth shift again.

Learn More About Teen Braces

The sooner you get started with your braces, the sooner you will be able to enjoy all of their benefits. Make an appointment at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas to sit down with our orthodontist and discuss your treatment plan for braces. Dr. Ragan can examine your teeth and use advanced technology to map out your course of treatment. You’ll find out the best option for you and how long you should expect to wait until you have an incredible smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for teen braces.