Spooked by Braces? Overcome Your Fears

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Don't Let Fear Keep You From Your Dream Smile

If the thought of braces has you feeling anxious, you're not alone. Many people feel apprehensive about getting braces; in fact, recent studies indicate between 50 and 80% of adults in the United States experience dental anxiety to varying degrees, ranging from light to severe.

Being informed is the first step to overcoming your orthodontic anxiety! In this blog post, we'll answer some of the most common braces FAQs to help ease your fears and give you the information you need to make an informed decision about orthodontic treatment.

Will braces hurt?

No, braces will not hurt. You may feel slight discomfort when your braces are first placed on your teeth, but this is typically mild and goes away quickly. To relieve this discomfort, your orthodontist may recommend orthodontic wax, an icepack, or over-the-counter pain relievers.

Can I still eat my favorite foods?

You can still enjoy your favorite foods while wearing braces; however, you must be cautious while eating certain hard, sticky, or crunchy foods, as they could harm your braces. Your orthodontic team will provide eating advice and a list of foods to avoid.

Will my face shape be changed?

While braces do fix biting issues, your face's natural shape won't change as a result. Instead, as your teeth and jaws straighten, your face will look more symmetrical and natural. The most important thing to remember is that these changes are good and can boost your confidence!

How long must I wear braces?

The length of time you'll need to wear braces depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues. Braces are usually worn for anywhere between 12 to 72 months.

What are the benefits of braces?

Braces can improve oral health by correcting dental alignment issues that can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and other problems. In addition, braces can give you a straighter, more attractive smile.

What are alternatives to braces?

If traditional braces aren't for you, there are other orthodontic treatment options available, such as clear aligners (Invisalign) or "behind-the-teeth braces" (BRIUS). Your orthodontist will determine the recommended course of treatment for your particular needs!

Not Your Ordinary Orthodontic Office at LVL Orthodontics

At LVL Orthodontics, we understand that braces can be a big step for patients of any age. That's why we strive to make our patients feel comfortable and confident at every stage — from initial consultations to final appointments!

Contact us today by calling (469) 455-1355 or filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!

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