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Orthodontic appliances are braces which are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic in the case of Invisalign. They may be removable (Invisalign) or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth (Braces). By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces (or Invisalign) slowly move teeth to a corrected position. You can now choose from conventional braces, clear ceramic braces, or Invisalign. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be, and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time varies and can last between six months and three years. This time range depends on several factors including age, treatment method, and how severe your case is. A big factor in a successful and efficient treatment is you! The more involved and motivated you are, the more efficient your treatment will be. Before beginning your orthodontic care, Dr. Waite will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take. Please contact our practice to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontics and the treatments we provide.
We often think that orthodontics is just for getting our teeth straight, but it is actually much more than that. Dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. Appliances that are frequently used — the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders, depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may begin before conventional braces, but often the two are used at the same time.
So if your child gets braces and headgear, he’s actually undergoing orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. There are also other appliances that we use that aid in encouraging lower jaw growth to occur in a growing patient. Essentially, we place a high importance on not only straightening you or your child’s teeth, but we also want to help them achieve an optimal bite, and facial esthetics.
+ What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly.
Orthodontists are dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go onto full-time university-based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. That training lasts two to three years beyond dental school. After receiving specialized training in tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of twenty-one. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
Keep your retainer clean too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes) or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
Clear or Ceramic braces
“Invisible braces” such as Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen™ clear aligners
Traditional metal braces
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and thirty months, but most standard treatments take about twenty-two months.
Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.