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Normal Side Effects of Braces

In the field of orthodontics, dental braces have become the primary way to straighten teeth or to fix alignment issues in the mouth. Even since ancient times, there were those contemplating and trying to work out the issues that many of their contemporaries dealt with. However, there are some normal side effects that are common in many of the patients who receive brace treatment, and so it is good to know what to expect.

Discomfort is often experienced during the days after the braces have first been fitted, but this is because of the fact that the teeth are being shifted into a better position, and this usually subsides after the mouth has had a chance to adapt. Over-the-counter pain relievers will usually be sufficient to help with any pain at first. Irritation might also be experienced because of the way that the wires and brackets rub against the inside of the mouth. Once a person has had a chance to get used to the new object, then this is likely to relinquish as well.

Plaque buildup can be a common problem that will lead to unsightly and undesirable effects if allowed to stay. For that reason, braces need to be continually brushed in and around with the use of interdental brushes that are made especially for that purpose. It is also good to use mouthwash with fluoride in order to combat the plague. In some, there may be an allergic reaction to the elastic or metal that is used in the braces. This makes it important for anyone who has a reason to believe that they may be allergic to tell the orthodontist. In the more severe cases, there may be anaphylaxis due to the elastic, and so alternatives such as latex-free elastic and different metals might be sought instead.

Finally, one of the normal side effects is things like mouth sores that are also more likely to occur after a person has first been fitted. There are a number of other products out there as well to help with these, and this includes dental wax or silicone and oral rinses. Speaks Orthodontics is familiar with all of these issues, and can help determine the best route to getting you a nicer smile while avoiding many of the problems that have been known to occur.