Everyone knows the wonders that braces can do to your smile, but are there any side-effects to wearing braces? While there are some potential side-effects to your orthodontic treatment, most of these can be avoided if you take care to follow the instructions outlined by your specialist orthodontist.
1. Changes to the Face
Braces may inspire a change in the shape of your face, jaw, or cheekbones. If these are noticed by your specialist orthodontist when planning your orthodontic treatment, they will inform you with the potential of this occurring.
2. Plaque Build-Up
Plaque can build up on your orthodontic braces just like on your teeth. To avoid this, ensure that you maintain a high level of oral care by brushing and flossing regularly.
3. Allergic Reactions
Some people may be allergic to the elastics or metals used in braces. IF you have an allergy alternative materials can be used instead avoiding an allergic reaction.
4. Mouth Sores
Mouth sores can develop due to irritation from components of your braces. There are a number of oral products available to help avoid mouth sores, alleviate any discomfort and heal the sores.
5. Pains and Discomfort
Mild initial pain or discomfort is a common complaint from patients who are beginning their orthodontic treatment. This will soon pass as you become accustomed to your orthodontic brace. Eating soft foods such as those outlined in our braces-friendly recipe book may help to alleviate the pain until it passes.
All these side-effects can be avoided or minimised by taking care to listen to the instructions given by your specialist orthodontist. For an orthodontic practice that puts you at the centre of the treatment process, contact Norwest Orthodontics today.