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What To Consider Before Getting Braces

| Articles | December 17, 2013

Have crooked teeth? Wished your parents got you braced when you were younger? Well, it is never too late to get the Hollywood smile always wished you had!

If you are thinking of getting braces, this article will reveal some useful information you should know before making a decision. You’ll learn about the different kinds of braces out there and their advantages (and disadvantages). By knowing exactly what options you have, you can sit down and make a thorough decision before taking the plunge!

There are basically three types of braces: standard metal, clear brackets and invisible. The standard ones are the most cost effective and you can even change the color of your rubber bands like all the hip, cool kids are doing.

Clear brackets are a bit larger in size than the metal ones. Depending on your bite you may not have enough room to get the clear ones on your lower teeth, at least not initially. The wires are still metal and you can see the braces on your teeth, they’re just not as noticeable. Drawbacks are they are slightly more expensive than the metal brackets and when it comes time to take them off, it’s takes a bit more effort and is consequently a little more uncomfortable.

Finally there are the invisible braces which go behind your teeth, not on the front like most. It takes a while longer to correct your smile and is the most expensive type.

Now, how much does it cost to get braces? Generally, it’ll cost about $4,000 for your braces. You will find some orthodontists who will do it for less, and some for more. It really depends also on the length and severity of treatment. Most orthodontists will allow you to make monthly payments.

However, be prepared for one thing. That is that when you initially get your braces put on your teeth it hurts! It hurts a lot and for along time! With children they tell them it may be a little uncomfortable for two or three days and to take Ibuprophin as needed for pain. That’s not the case with adults, although they may give you the same instructions. Think about it. Children who get braces have their permanent teeth for generally three months or three years. Those big teeth haven’t become too accustomed to hanging out in their current location.

One mother shared that she was glad she had left over heavy duty pain meds from her c-section five years prior. She lamented that she felt like an elephant was sitting on her head for 10-days straight. Further, she continued she’d rather go through another 52 hours of labor than to get braces put on again.

Please don’t let this care you though. It does get much easier and you even forget you have them on. When you get adjustments every eight weeks or so, you’re normally a little tender for 24-36 hours, and aspirin does help. The severe pain is just initially when you first get them on. Ask for pain meds. Do not let them tell you to take a few Tylenol and you’ll be fine in three days. You’ll need more than that to kill the pain!

However, it is WELL worth it in the end! Imagine being able to smile and show off your white, pearly teeth just this experience is priceless! Now go get those braces!

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