page title icon Dental Braces, Here’s What You Need to Know

Planning to get your dental braces in Singapore soon? Hold up! Have you done sufficient research to prepare your braces journey? Getting as many information you could will certainly help to make it easier! So let’s go through some of the important things you should know about wearing dental braces!

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What are the do’s and don’ts of wearing braces?

Let’s start with some do’s and don’ts that you should follow when you wear braces. Keep in mind to ask your orthodontist for a complete list of what you should and should not do.

Do’s:

  • Follow all the guidelines given from your orthodontist
  • Wear mouth guards or some kind of protective gear when you exercise to make sure your teeth won’t get hurt in case of physical contact
  • Call or go to your orthodontist right away if any part of your braces fall out of place
  • Brush your teeth thoroughly and regularly
  • Eat foods that are easy to bite into and chew

Don’ts:

  • Skip appointments and consultations with your orthodontist
  • Forget to brush your teeth
  • Brush your teeth harshly
  • Eat foods that are tough and hard in texture
  • Eat foods that contain a lot of sugar and hard to clean
  • Eat foods that are sticky (such as caramel)

How long will braces treatment usually take?

On average, braces will take around 1.5 years to 2.5 years. However, this range depends on the complexity and age. Some children take longer because the misalignment is so severe, but some just need a slight change in their teeth position that a year and a half will be enough.

For adults, it might take longer. Children’s teeth and jaw haven’t fully developed yet, so even the toughness of the bones are way easier for braces to handle. Adults are already matured in their growth so the strength of the bones and structures of their teeth are also much harder. That’s why it will take more effort and more time for braces to readjust teeth alignment of adults.

What age is too late to get braces?

12-14 years old is the optimal age range to get braces due to the teeth maturity. Within this period, the jaw is still in a developing stage. Using braces will help guide the teeth to grow in the desired alignment. As adults, our teeth and jaw have matured and harden, making it more difficult for braces to readjust our teeth.

However, it is important to note that there isn’t an age limit to get braces. Studies have found that even though most people get braces while they are in their pre-teen or teen years, adults who have opted to get braces found the treatment successful to realign their teeth.

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Can I eat normally with braces?

This will depend on your braces. If you get the permanent one, then there will be more restrictions. However if you get the removable one, usually there are no restrictions because you can take the braces off when you’re about to eat.

So, with the diet restrictions, can I still eat normally? Yes, sort of. There will be some restrictions because certain foods like hard foods may damage your braces. But don’t be discouraged, because there are so many options available that you won’t feel like you’re missing out. You can eat from a selection of soft foods and warm foods. It should be foods that are easy to chew in texture. Cold foods are also good because it will help you with the soreness of your teeth.

Here are some ideas of what you can eat:

  • Ice cream
  • Cake, mousse, and other soft desserts
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothies and shakes
  • Soup
  • Tofu and egg puddings or dishes
  • Soft fruit
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Porridge
  • Soft pasta dishes

Hard foods are not recommended because it might dislodge or cause damage to the braces that are already placed on your teeth. Here are some examples of hard foods that you should avoid: almonds and other hard foods in the nuts family, hard candies, ice cubes, popcorn kernels, and tortilla chips.

Hope the information above helps you in your research about dental braces.

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