If you’ve ever had braces or are preparing to have braces in the future, you’ll know that they can bring about marvelous results when it comes to straight, healthy teeth. You probably also know that braces can be a little bit difficult to take care of. If you’re interested in having braces in the future, here are a few possible complications that can arise that you should be aware of.
First off, having braces can create some tooth sensitivity which can be annoying and painful. The first time that you get your braces put on your teeth, your teeth will likely be quite sensitive for a few days. You’ll also notice that your teeth are especially sensitive after you’ve been to the orthodontist to have your braces adjusted. When you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity it can even be difficult to brush your teeth without pain or irritation. If your tooth sensitivity is persisting and refuses to go away, make sure to take some mild pain medication such as Advil to help ease the pain.
Another complication that you might experience with braces is bad breath. You’re more likely to have bad breath when you have braces because food particles can get stuck in your braces and create bacteria. This can create halitosis, which is another term for bad breath. There are certain foods that are sticky, starchy, and difficult to remove from your braces, which can cause bad breath to happen. You can avoid bad breath by choosing what foods you eat carefully.
Tartar and Plaque
If you aren’t super meticulous in your teeth cleaning, you will probably also experience complications with tartar and plaque. Plaque forms a sticky substance on your teeth that is made from food particles, saliva, and bacteria that mix in your mouth. If plaque isn’t properly cleaned off your teeth, it can harden into tartar. Tartar can stain your teeth and develop even more plaque on the surface of your teeth. Both plaque and tartar can lead to the infection and decay of your teeth, and you’ll likely develop cavities if it isn’t treated correctly.
Don’t forget these common complications that arise when you have braces. The more you know about the complications that you might face, the better prepared you’ll be to combat and take care of these issues. As always, make sure that you consult with your dentist or orthodontist for a professional opinion on how to resolve any complications or issues that you have.
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