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Little did you know, there is more to braces than their ability to align your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams. So, if you’re about to begin your orthodontic journey with braces in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Michael Emanuel encourages you to know a little more about the appliance. To help you, he is happy to share some helpful facts.

First, you need to keep up on oral hygiene when you are straightening your teeth. This is important because food particles and plaque gather around the braces hardware. They need to be removed regularly otherwise you are likely to experience dental issues, which could prolong your treatment time. So, make sure to brush and floss after each meal and snack.

Second, there are times when your braces will make your teeth tender, sensitive, and sore. This is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s normal and it means the teeth are moving. When you are experiencing this discomfort, eat soft foods and take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.

Third, the length of your orthodontic journey depends on the severity of your tooth misalignment and your specific oral health status. It typically takes about 18 to 30 months for patients to achieve the smile they want. After you have reached your smile goals and your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in the correct place.

Call our orthodontic team at Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC today at 718-336-5005 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about orthodontics! The sooner you call our office, the sooner you’ll have the answers you’re looking for. We look forward to helping you!