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A 44-year-old member asked:

when you get braces how long do they have to stay in?

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Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Depends: Each person is different and your orthodontist can give you the best estimate. However, by complying with his/her treatments (wearing the elastic bands when you're told too!) you can do your part to make sure your time with braces is as short as possible.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Brace time: It really depends on how severe your teeth are and all that is involved to fix them. An orthodontic exam should give you an idea.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Orthodontics 36 years experience
Very variable: Treatment times for braces are based on the difficulty level of the problem that you present the orthodontist. Minor treatments could be as short as a few months and other may take 2-3 years. It's best to get an opinion from a specialist in regards to your specific situation. Treatment times are very . . . Variable.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to eat an ice cream sandwich with braces on?

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Dr. Robert Devin
Dentistry 47 years experience
Ice cream and Braces: Yes. Enjoy. But understand anytime you eat be prepared to brush...Yes brush 7 times a day .If you like 3 meals and 4 snacks them brush again. But eat what you like ...Just brush again. I did and i wore braces at 60y/o for 14 months. My best dr. D.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happen after you take off your braces?

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Dr. Dave Burns
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Retainers: Once the bite is correct and all of your teeth are straight the dentist will remove all of the brackets and adhesive that held your brackets. After you are cleaned up he will take impressions for retainers that you will wear all the time for 6 months then nightly for many years. Some offices place permanent wires behind your upper and lower 6 front teeth however makes it difficult to floss and kee.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can doctors tell me what does the triangle elastics do for braces?

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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Movement: They creat a force that help move the teeth in a manner than can not be achieved without them.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to eat without it hurting when ggetting new braces?

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Dr. Jacklyn Kurth
Orthodontics 22 years experience
2-3 days: It will take a few days for your lips and cheeks to get used to the feel of the braces and for your teeth to adjust to the 'pressure'. Most patients feel they can eat normally again between 2-3 days after the placement of new braces.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What would you suggest I do to convince my dentist to let me have braces?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Many factors: Many factors go into the decision to proceed with orthodontic care... Your post contains no info on your oral health, your occlusion, or your treatment objectives. You can't convince your dentist to start ortho care if he does not deems it appropriate for your mouth. Have this dentist explain his/her reasoning.

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