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What are the Side Effects of Adult Orthodontics?

Adult Orthodontics

There is no doubt orthodontic treatment boosts your self confidence and gives you the perfect smile. The process, however, may have some side effects. Be sure to discuss your worries with your orthodontist. When considering adult orthodontics in Spokane WA – Damon Orthodontics should be your top choice. 

Being Prepared For Braces

Extra Time Spent Cleaning Your Teeth

It is important to be aware that you will need to spend additional time brushing and flossing your teeth. Braces can trap food and a failure to clean that food and the surrounding area may result in plaque build up and bacteria.

Limit Your Consumption of Certain Foods

To avoid the headache of diligently cleaning your teeth after eating sticky and hard to clean foods, you may begin to limit your consumption. Popcorn, gum, taffy should be avoided, depending on the type of braces you choose.

Maintaining Your Retainer

Some orthodontic treatments include removable appliances such as retainers or Invisalign. You need to spend time daily to thoroughly clean such appliances as to avoid bacteria growth.

Time Away From Work For Dental Appointments

Depending on the type of braces you choose will be a variant on how often you see your orthodontist. You should be aware of the investment on your time. Remember, however, that this is only temporary.

Make Some Lifestyle Changes

Braces may interfere with your lifestyle. Wearing braces with oral jewelry, such as a tongue piercings, can cause damage to the gums and teeth. Some oral instruments, including the flute and saxophone can be very difficult to play while wearing braces. Such musicians may choose Invisalign as their best option since it can be removed for short periods of time as necessary.


The cost of braces varies on a number of factors. These factors include the severity of the problem. The more severe the issue, the longer it will take to correct and therefore the greater cost that will incur. The type of braces you choose will vary the cost. The type of orthodontic treatment you choose, however, may also be a determinant of how quickly results occur.

Disadvantages of braces

Mild discomfort is normal and expected after orthodontic treatment. The braces are working to shift your teeth into proper alignment and this results in mouth pain and sometimes headaches. Over-the-counter pain medication can be helpful in easing the tension.

It is possible to experience jaw pain as a side effect of braces. This is a result of treating jaw misalignments. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to manage the pain.

Braces may cause tooth decay which results from bacteria accumulated in the mouth from sugary foods. It is very important for patients with braces to be very diligent with their oral hygiene routines. It is recommended to thoroughly brush at least twice a day and floss a minimum of once a day.

Tooth root damage can occur as a result of the treatment itself. Wearing braces sometimes causes the root of the tooth to erode, which causes damage that needs to be fixed.

Free Consultation Available

If you still have concerns about the effects of braces, contact Damon Orthodontics for a free consultation. Our top rated orthodontists and team will be more than happy to assist you in choosing the best treatment for you.