Getting braces can be a difficult experience. But it doesn’t have to be scary. With the right information and proper advice, dental braces can be just a walk in the park.

No matter how old you are or what condition your mouth is in, crooked teeth can be a real problem. It can be the biggest blow to self-esteem, because misaligned and unusually placed teeth are considered to be inferior. Even if someone has great oral hygiene, it doesn’t stop people from making negative judgments about crooked teeth. Therefore dentists and orthodontists keep such a close eye on the development of adult teeth, in children so, that the growth and formation of teeth can be tracked, in order to make sure that they are completely healthy.

Dental Braces are a great and a proven tooth straightening treatment option that allows patients to enjoy straighter and more beautiful teeth. Straight teeth are not only attractive, but they’re easier to keep clean and therefore less prone to problems like decay and toothaches later in life.

Getting braces is something to be excited about, but if you’re like most of our patients at Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, you will have some questions and concerns in your mind before getting your braces. Read on and you’ll have a much better idea of Things You Should Know before Getting Braces.

How long does the process of getting braces take?

Braces process depends on you, the patient, and the types of braces you are getting. For most of our patients at Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, getting braces put on takes about 1-2 hours.

The Braces process may seem a little unpleasant, but you shouldn’t worry. First, our orthodontists will clean and dry your teeth; then they will apply special glue that holds the brackets on. That glue doesn’t taste great, but it is completely safe to have it in your mouth. The last things your Orthodontists will do is put the archwires on the brackets and secure everything with elastic bands to finish the braces process.

Do Braces Hurt when they are Put On?

You won’t feel any pain during the braces process, but your teeth and gums will probably be a little sore afterward. But do braces hurt for a long time after the procedure? In truth, they can. Braces apply a gentle force to your teeth, and this can make them a little more sensitive than usual.

The short answer to your question do braces hurt is “yes.” But before you get panic, note that the discomfort associated with braces is usually quite mild, and you can manage it just as easily as you can manage a scraped knee or a mild headache.

How much do braces cost?

Braces cost depends on you, the patient, and the type of braces you choose. It varies widely depending on how severely your teeth are misaligned, and whether your orthodontist has to perform other related treatments-like an extraction or palate expansion.  Generally, the more serious your misalignment, the more you’ll pay for your braces treatment, this is because overbites and severe crossbites require more checkups and adjustments at Orthodontic Experts of Colorado office and a longer period of treatment overall. 

Traditional metal braces are the most affordable types of braces. You can expect to pay between $3,000 and $7,000 for treatment overall. Clear ceramic braces cost a little bit more than metal braces starting at around $4,000. Invisalign clear aligner, which is an alternative to braces consisting of a series of medical grade clear, plastic trays that align your teeth, is comparable in price to ceramic braces. If you choose lingual braces, which are placed on the back side of your teeth, you should expect to pay between $8,000 and $10,000.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

When get braces, initially they are going to feel strange on your teeth, and you will have a tough time eating most foods because your jaw will be a bit achy and uncomfortable. To avoid any discomfort, you need to know about foods to avoid with braces. During the first few days, you are best off sticking to soft foods like pasta, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and yogurt. Slowly, as the discomfort subsides and you get used to the feeling of chewing with braces, you can begin adding other foods back into your diet. There are really only a few foods to avoid with braces especially if you are wearing traditional metal or ceramic braces:

  • ​Very crunchy foods like nuts, hard candy, crunchier chips, and hard candy
  • Overly chewy foods like beef jerky and gummy candy
  • Sticky foods like toffee, gum, licorice, and caramels
  • Foods you must bite into, like apples and corn on the cob

Note that you can often consume foods like apples, corn on the cob, and crunchy chips as long as you break or cut them into little pieces before eating them. Slice your apples thinly, cut your corn off the cob, and break chips with your fingers.

If you choose Invisalign over regular braces, you do not have to worry about dietary restrictions. Since you remove your Invisalign trays before you eat, you can eat any foods you desire and then put your Invisalign back on your teeth after your meal.

How long do you have to wear braces?

When you visit Orthodontic Experts of Colorado to get your braces, based on your individual case our experienced and specialist orthodontist will give you an estimate of how long you’ll need to wear your braces. The more misaligned your teeth are, the longer you’ll have to wear them. Do keep in mind, however, that this time frame is an estimate. As our Colorado orthodontist observes how your teeth move in your mouth in reaction to the braces; they may adjust the treatment period accordingly.

Most kids and teens need to wear braces for about two years, though some milder misalignments may be corrected in one year and the most severe of cases can take up to three years. An adult getting braces to correct teeth that have moved somewhat out of position since they previously had braces as a teen, they might need to wear your braces for six months to a year.  

Schedule a Consultation Now

It’s normal to have some concerns before you get braces. If you are still considering braces and not sure if braces are right for you, contact Orthodontic Experts of Colorado. We offer affordable braces in Colorado Springs and Littleton.

You can call us or fill out our online form to request an appointment. Our Orthodontist will evaluate your smile, make treatment recommendations, and answer any additional questions you may have about living with braces or Invisalign.