What to Know Before You Get Braces

There are so many emotions that may come along with preparing for your appointment to get braces. It’s common, and completely normal, to feel anxious, intimidated, nervous, excited or scared. 

Oftentimes, braces are thought to be dental treatment only for a certain age group. The truth is, braces are for anyone – regardless of age or background! People of all ages seek out dental and orthodontic guidance to get braces, because let’s be honest – it is never too late or too early to strive to perfect your smile!

With that being said, there are a few things to consider before you get braces:

  • Braces may minorly affect your speech (at first).

Don’t be alarmed! When you first get your braces, there will inevitably be an adjustment period where you’ll have to get used to them. When you first go home after getting your braces, you’ll likely notice that your speech will slightly change. This is simply because you’re still learning how to speak and operate with foreign objects on your teeth.


  • You may feel some discomfort.

Again, this is nothing to be concerned about! Everyone is different, but as soon as you get your braces, your teeth are essentially being given the green light to move. As this happens – whether it be within 48 hours or 48 weeks – you’ll likely feel some discomfort. Not to worry, this means that your braces are working just as they’re supposed to.


  • Trust your dentist or orthodontist.

As you prepare for your braces appointment, know that your dentist or orthodontist has your best interest in mind. That includes the best interest of your teeth! Whether your dentist recommends sealing the rough part of a bracket with wax, tightening or avoiding sticky foods – they know what is best for you and your dental plan.


  • Your brushing and flossing routine may change.

Though it is still recommended to brush and floss twice a day, your daily routine may change. That can look like your routine taking a little bit longer or having to take extra steps to make sure your teeth are as healthy as can be.


  • Braces are much more affordable than you think!

When modern day braces were first put on the market, they were expensive. This is because they were new and everyone wanted to get their hands on them. Over time, braces have become more of a commodity. There are now several options for not only paying for your treatment with braces, but also the type of braces that you get! (Did we mention custom colors whenever you have an appointment?)


  • Braces are for anyone who wants to better their smile.

Like we mentioned before, if you are on the track to feeling more comfortable with your smile, braces are absolutely for you. They aren’t limited to helping any specific kind of person. Braces are for everyone!

If you’re ready to take the leap into getting braces, don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule a consultation appointment! As always, should you have any questions, send us an email at info@elevatedentalsa.com.

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