Most people choose to get braces when they’re young, but it’s not uncommon to want to straighten your teeth when you’re older too. What might not be as common knowledge, though, is what happens to your bite after you get braces. It’s important to understand this process in order to ensure that your teeth stay properly aligned and that you don’t experience any further pain or discomfort after your braces come off. This guide will walk you through how the body changes due to orthodontic treatment and how long this change lasts.
Before getting braces, you need to know
your orthodontist will provide you with a retainer that you’ll need to wear for about 24 hours after your braces are removed. The retainer holds your new bite in place until you develop new habits and routines. Some people complain about having something in their mouth all of the time, but most patients say it’s not a big deal once they get used to it. If your teeth shift while wearing it, call our office immediately. Otherwise, leave it alone! Putting food into an empty space where a tooth was is called recession—that means permanent damage can be done if you try to cram food back into an empty space.Too much work on your teeth now could cause problems later down the road! Overall, braces aren’t uncomfortable and they don’t affect your speech or cause any pain during treatment or afterwards—most patients feel more confident with them than without them! They might seem weird at first, but putting pressure on them too quickly will only make things worse. Plus… those wires are sharp! Wearing braces takes a little getting used to at first because there’s usually some discomfort as things begin settling into place. But almost everyone gets over it pretty quickly because they notice how much better their smile looks right away.
How Long Does it Take for Braces to Correct Overbites?
The time it takes for your bite to fully realign after getting braces will depend on a few factors, including what sort of overbite you have. Generally speaking, if you have an open bite or severe overbite, it’ll take longer than if you have a mild overbite or close bite. It’s important that your dentist discuss your specific case with you and come up with a treatment plan; there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to treating overbites with braces. If you feel like your bite is abnormal in any way, be sure to discuss it with your dentist as soon as possible so they can help determine what’s best for your teeth.
How Can I Fix my Overbite While I’m Still Growing?
If you’re concerned about your bite, but you aren’t quite ready for braces yet, there are a few things you can do to help improve it. The first is to consider jaw-retraining exercises. Jaw-retraining exercises reshape your jaw and its muscles while they’re still growing so that when you do wear braces, they won’t need as much adjustment time because they will fit better from the start. If overbite before and after braces is really an issue for you, ask your orthodontist about some of these exercises. If he gives them a thumbs up, definitely give them a try before starting on any treatment options. There are also custom retainers—basically, a retainer made just for you—that many teens choose to get before wearing braces. They sit in between two teeth like traditional retainers but stay put without metal wires and bands so that the retainer aligns your upper teeth properly even when you’re not wearing it. To learn more about how custom retainers work, check out our post What Are Custom Retainers? . Custom retainers take several months to create, though; if you want something quicker than waiting around (and we all do!), another option is clear or soft liners or elastics.
How Do You Know if an Orthodontist is Good?
If you’re wondering how to choose an orthodontist, start by asking friends and family members who have gone through orthodontic treatment. While nothing beats first-hand experience, word of mouth is a close second. If you want more information about specific orthodontists in your area, ask for recommendations from their office staff. That way you’ll get direct feedback from someone who interacts with those professionals on a daily basis—and most offices should be able to give you referrals based on insurance coverage and financials. Just keep in mind that even if you work with an experienced orthodontist, it will take some time to see results. Choosing an orthodontist isn’t a simple decision but don’t let that deter you; good braces really can make a huge difference!
More Questions You Might Have
Can you Prevent Overbites?
The short answer is yes, you can. The longer answer involves three big players: wisdom teeth, biting habits and jaw structure. Wisdom teeth (also called third molars) are permanent teeth that erupt from your gums in your late teens or early 20s. If wisdom teeth aren’t removed properly—or if they are pulled entirely—they can force your bottom jaw out of alignment, leading to an overbite. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, it will eventually lead to wear on your teeth and misalignment of bite; a minor overbite may develop into a major one as a result. Finally, certain structural issues such as a small chin or undershot jaw also contribute to overcrowding in front. It all adds up!