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FAQs From Teens About Braces Milton, GA
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Getting traditional braces a teen raises many questions and concerns. Teens are not only busy developing physical and social skills, but they can also be quite intimidated about the way braces may affect their adolescent lifestyle. While some teenagers can avoid traditional braces altogether by choosing Invisalign, not all young patients are candidates. If fixed brackets and bands are in your future, here are some common questions you may have:

Do I Have to Stop Eating Candy?
No, you won’t have to neglect your sweet tooth completely during braces. However, you will need to choose wisely. It is not a matter of sugar (although you should be aware of how much sugar you are consuming), it is about the texture and consistency of your go-to treat. Avoid gooey candy bars, hard candies and chewing gum. Examples are caramel, Laffy Taffy, peppermints, etc. You can, however, indulge in other candy varieties that won’t stick to your braces or break a bracket. Consider a peanut butter cup or plain chocolate candy bar.
What If My Braces Hurt?
It is normal and expected for your teeth to feel sore after getting your braces put on and/or after an adjustment or tightening appointment. This is temporary and can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medicine. You may also want to stick to a soft foods diet for a day or so. If your brackets or wires irritate your gums or lips, ask for some extra wax from your orthodontist to provide a buffer. Your mouth will adjust over time.
Will I Be Able to Play an Instrument?
Many teens wonder if they’ll be able to continue playing in the band after they get their braces. There are certain instruments that rely on precise lip placement, such as the clarinet and many brass instruments. While you may have a period of adjustment, most teens adapt just fine.
What If I Play Sports?
It is important to get an athletic mouthguard that is specifically designed for braces. This will protect your teeth as well as your actual braces while on the playing field. Trauma involving the mouth while wearing braces can create significant injuries to your lips, cheek or another person! Go ahead and invest in proper protection for your sport.

Have more burning questions about what teen life is like in braces? Please call on us. At Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages with the latest orthodontic solutions.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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