Braces: What to Expect

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Braces used to be associated negatively among children many years ago. Names like “brace face” and “metal mouth” were common phrases exchanged among school children. Today, between 50-70 percent of American children between the ages of 6-18 have braces, and society has learned to embrace the “brace face.”

Getting braces can be scary and it is hard to know what to expect. Here are a few tips to make that time in the orthodontist chair a little bit less stressful.

How long does the process take? It can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending on what type of braces you will be getting.

What is the step-by-step process? First, the orthodontist will clean and dry your teeth. He will then apply bonding glue to your teeth to attach the brackets. Next, he’ll place the brackets, put in the arch wire, and secure it all with elastic bands.

Will I be in pain? How long will it hurt for? Getting your braces on doesn’t hurt, but after they are all in place and tightened, your mouth will be sore for 5-7 days. When you get your monthly adjustments, the soreness will still be there, but will not last for more than 1-2 days in most cases.

In most cases, you will be completely used to your braces within one month. Eventually, you may not even notice them there anymore.

For more information, visit the American Association of Orthodontics at