Living with Braces

Wearing braces can be a significant change, and it is normal to have questions and concerns about what to expect during treatment. Here are some things to consider when you are living with braces:


While wearing braces, you will need to avoid certain foods that can damage or get caught in your braces. Your orthodontist will provide you with a list of foods to avoid and may recommend specific types of food that are easy to eat with braces.

Oral hygiene

It is important to brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy while wearing braces. Your orthodontist may recommend using specific types of toothbrushes or floss threaders to help you clean around your braces.


Some people may experience discomfort or irritation when they first get braces. This is normal and should improve as your mouth adjusts to the braces. Your orthodontist can provide you with wax or other products to help alleviate any discomfort.

Length of treatment

The length of treatment with braces can vary depending on the specific needs of the patient. On average, treatment with braces takes about 18-24 months, but it can be shorter or longer. Your orthodontist will be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate of the length of treatment based on your specific needs.

Follow the orthodontist's instructions

It is important to follow the orthodontist's instructions on how to care for your braces and to attend all scheduled appointments to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Hang in There!

Living with braces can be a challenging adjustment, but most people find that the benefits of treatment far outweigh any temporary inconveniences. With good oral hygiene and consistent care, you can ensure that your treatment is successful and that your teeth are healthy and well-aligned.