Braces FAQs – the questions everyone wants answered

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When it comes to braces, there are some questions that come up again and again. Below are some of the things that are on the minds of lots of patients. It is perfectly natural to be curious about these things and people are advised to feel open about talking to their dentist if they need further information.

A practitioner who provides a range of braces in Orpington, like Orpington Dental Care, will be skilled at answering patient queries. They are used to creating an open environment where patients feel comfortable asking anything they like. One of the skills that a dentist must cultivate is clear communication. This includes listening and imparting vital information in a clear, concise way that puts people at ease and encourages them to have the treatments that they want or need.

Do they hurt?

Braces in Orpington are designed to move the teeth into new positions. Regardless of the method, achieving this can create uncomfortable sensations in the mouth at different stages during the process. This usually occurs right after braces are first fitted and then subsequently after any adjustments. Any pain is likely to be mild and can be alleviated using over-the-counter analgesics. After a while, the mouth gets used to the pressure of braces and the sensations go away.

Can you still eat what you want?

A dentist will offer some advice on food choices depending on the type of braces in Orpington their patient has. Clear aligners, for example, are removed for eating so they do not affect food selection at all. Fixed braces may mean that the patient will be more comfortable, and less likely to damage their braces, if they exclude certain foods from their diet temporarily during treatment.

Can you still kiss with braces on?

The short answer is yes but with some precautions, especially if the braces are new. It is best to go slowly when kissing someone with braces and apply only gentle pressure. Some people will want to avoid kissing for about a month after the first fitting, if they are feeling sensitive. If the patient, or the person they are kissing, is feeling some rough edges, the dentist may be able to smooth these out.