The Challenges of Traditional Braces
The first and most recommended option for straightening teeth is orthodontics and in most cases, this means metal braces or Invisalign clear braces. Although there is nothing wrong with either of those treatments, they do come with some sacrifices in your life.
One of the top challenges of orthodontics is that the treatment results take a long time to achieve. For instance, most orthodontic treatments take one to two years. If you want straight teeth now, waiting two years to see your desired results can make the treatment feel off-putting.
Not to mention, you will need to visit a dental office every four to six weeks for adjustments and even more often if you experience a broken bracket or wire. Additionally, it will take longer to effectively brush and floss your teeth than it does without braces. If you have Invisalign, you will need to brush your teeth and clean your aligners multiple times per day to prevent bacteria build-up and bad breath.
Expect to dedicate a lot of time in your life towards your orthodontic treatment if you move forward with treatment.
In addition to orthodontic treatments taking up a lot of time, if you get traditional metal braces, you will have a series of diet restrictions. For instance, you can’t eat hard bread, chips, popcorn, apples, corn on the cob, nuts, and chewy candy. On the other hand, if you get Invisalign, you can eat whatever you want, but you have to clean your teeth after each meal. This can be discouraging for people who like to snack throughout the day.
Treatment Feels Uncomfortable
We would be lying if we said that you wouldn’t feel some discomfort during orthodontic treatment. Your teeth move through the jaw bone, there’s no way to make this not slightly uncomfortable. Most patients feel some soreness in their mouth after tightening appointments or after switching to new sets of aligners. This soreness can result in headaches.
Additionally, if you get metal braces, the brackets and wires can scrape your lips, cheeks, and tongue which can cause sores and more discomfort.