Do braces hurt?

Yes, generally at some point during your treatment, you will experience some pain and discomfort. At the appointment to get your braces on, you should feel absolutely no pain. The brackets are glued on with a composite glue and there is nothing done that would cause pain. Most people experience discomfort during the first week right after getting their braces while their teeth are getting used to them, but you can have discomfort at anytime during the course of treatment, especially after an appointment to "tighten" your braces. Some patients have no pain and some have more pain - it completely depends on the individual. The best way to manage your discomfort is with over the counter pain

How do I keep my braces clean?

Paying extra attention to keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is essential. Brackets trap food so maintaining good oral hygiene will keep your gums healthy and prevent any cavities from forming around your braces. Here a few tips for keeping teeth clean: 1) Brush with a toothbrush for 2 minutes. Angle the toothbrush above and below the brackets and move it in small circles. I would personally recommend an electric toothbrush with an orthodontic specific head for it. Research done in 2013 has shown that electric toothbrushes are the most effective way to keep teeth clean with braces. 2) Make sure you are using fluoridated toothpaste so you don't get any cavities! Adding a

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