Answers to Questions about Braces

Questions about BracesFor people who cannot decide whether to get braces or not, here are some things to know before getting them.

Are you too old for braces?

No matter what your age, you are very much qualified for braces.

Are braces too expensive? says the cost of braces depends on the type you prefer, and from where you will have it done.

What are the types of braces?

There are five main types:

  • Metal
  • Ceramic
  • Lingual Braces (Single Arch)
  • Lingual Braces (Full Arch)
  • Invisalign

Can you get braces done from your dentist?

Braces should be done by an orthodontist because they are the experts in this field. An orthodontist is licensed and knowledgeable in assessing and treating dento-facial anomalies and dental malpositions.

Will it hurt?

Yes, for a short period of time. After every adjustment, it may cause some minor pains, which can be managed easily with a prescribed painkiller.

Any type of food to avoid?

Nuts, chips, bagels and any hard breads may break brackets, loosen bands and  bend archwires. Avoid food that may get stuck in braces, such as bubblegum, hard candy and caramel popcorn.

Will it be difficult to brush teeth with braces? 

It will be a challenge at first, but it will become easier once the soreness wear off. It is important to brush teeth after every meal, as food may get stuck in the brackets, which may cause bad breath and tooth decay. 

Are there invisible braces?

Many patients, especially adults, are not comfortable wearing braces, and feel embarrassed about it. One option is to have braces behind the teeth, or use Invisalign dental trays for alignments. These options are offered by orthodontists based on their evaluation of your dental health.

There is no age limit in taking care of your dental health. When you have the resources, you should go for it.