bracesWhat are braces?

Braces are treatment that is used to straighten teeth. Braces can give you a beautiful smile while improving your chewing and speaking. In this day and age there are several options when it comes to braces:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Self-litigating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

How should I care for my teeth while wearing braces or a retainer?

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Try to use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Make sure to store your retainer in a case when it is not in use.
  • Brush your retainer gently with a toothbrush, or soak it in a denture wash to keep it clean. Don’t put it in boiling water or the dishwasher!
  • Sugar breeds bacteria. Try to avoid sugary foods throughout the treatment to prevent cavities.
  • Avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy, or any other type of food that may get stuck in your braces.
  • Be consistent with your routine dental visits.

How long do I have to wear braces?

Treatments typically last about 22 months. The time frame depends on your unique situation, and could run anywhere between 6 – 30 months.

Do Braces Hurt?

Braces should not hurt, but you will feel some discomfort as your teeth, gums, and cheeks adjust to your new braces. You will likely feel some discomfort a couple days after each adjustment.

Do I still need regular dental checkups while I am wearing braces?

Absolutely!  It is extremely important to keep up with your regular cleanings.  With braces, there are lots of little places for food and plaque to build up in your teeth.  Regular checkups and cleanings will make sure that your teeth are staying clean and healthy.

Will my braces interfere with my extra-curricular school activities?

You should not be prohibited from participating in any of your regular activities. If you play an instrument or are in contact sports, it may take some time to adjust.

Who are braces for?

Braces are for people of all ages! Braces have long been considered something that are just for young teens. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Adult Braces

We are seeing more adults and younger children come in now for braces than ever.

It is a myth that you have to be young in order for braces to be effective. We know that most people feel a little self-conscious about wearing braces, at any age. Luckily now there are so many options, including invisible braces that can help to lessen any social discomfort. The gorgeous smile you end up with is well worth it!

Child Braces

You can actually start taking preventative measures for your child around the age of seven. Early intervention is highly beneficial if you notice your child may have some issues with their bite or teeth. If you start early, the likelihood of more serious treatments down the line is decreased significantly. There are usually two phases when treating children.

  • Phase One: Adjustments made before the child’s permanent teeth have grown in, to align and harmonize the elements of the mouth preemptively.
  • Phase Two: This usually involves braces to straighten the teeth once the child’s permanent teeth have all grown in.

Invisible Braces

Invisalign is a wonderful option for straightening teeth when the treatment needed is moderate.

Invisalign uses smooth, transparent trays instead of metal wire and brackets.  The trays are removable and gradually straighten the teeth over time.  The invisalign treatment has become popular for several reasons:

  • More comfortable than braces – there are no metal or wire appliances in your mouth. Just smooth plastic.
  • More hygienic than braces – you can take them off and brush your teeth as you would normally.
  • Less noticeable – since the plastic is transparent, they draw less attention.
  • More allowable foods than braces – you can eat however much sticky, hard, gummy foods as you'd lke.
  • Faster –Invisalign usually needs to be worn for half of the time of traditional braces.

If it is determined that Invisalign will work for your situation, we will:

  • Make “bite impressions” of your teeth so a series of custom aligner trays can be made for you.
  • You will receive the trays from us and wear each series of the trays for approximately 20 hours a day for about 2-3 weeks, until your teeth are fully aligned.
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