The time it takes to straighten your teeth and correct your bite depends on the type of problem that needs to be corrected and its severity. Once your braces are put in place, your teeth will start to move. Some patients experience discomfort during this initial phase of tooth movement, but don’t worry–this discomfort will subside over the next few days.
Braces and other appliances can make it difficult to clean your teeth. Brushing must be done at least twice daily and preferably after each meal. Poor oral hygiene increases your risk of tooth decay and can affect the outcome of your orthodontic treatment. It is important to also continue to see your general dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings during the course of orthodontic treatment.
Life with braces also means that there will be restrictions to what you can and cannot eat. Hard and sticky foods must be avoided or reduced to prevent breakage of your braces, which can prolong treatment time. Foods high in sugar should be avoided to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay during orthodontic treatment.