All About Braces
Congratulations! You’ve finally taken the plunge into the exciting world of orthodontics. Sure, you may not be thrilled about wearing braces, but there are lots of reasons to be happy about your treatment – especially the incredible results you will enjoy! At Roy Orthodontics, our team has compiled a list of guidelines for everything you need to know about braces.
Our primary goal is to provide you with a pleasant experience and unparalleled orthodontic care. If you have questions about your treatment at any point, our team of professionals is standing by. Feel free to contact us any time.
Types of Braces
- Metal braces: The most common type of orthodontic treatment, metal braces use a combination of wires, bands, and brackets to gently move your teeth over time.
- Ceramic braces: Patients who prefer a more natural look can choose ceramic braces. Similar to metal braces, these appliances are less noticeable because the brackets are clear, and the wire is tooth-colored.
- Invisible braces: Popular among our adult patients, Invisalign® can straighten your teeth using a series of removable clear plastic trays. This is an excellent option for those who want discreet orthodontic treatment.
Maintaining Proper Oral Hygiene
No matter what type of braces you choose, brushing and flossing can be more challenging when undergoing orthodontic treatment. Although oral hygiene is important for everyone, it is even more crucial when wearing braces. Food, debris, and plaque can accumulate around the bands and brackets. This can ultimately lead to gingivitis and cavities if not routinely removed through proper hygiene.
Sometimes, floss threaders or interproximal brushes are just the thing to make oral hygiene a breeze. Our team can help you develop a hygiene regimen that will keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.
Are There Food Restrictions?
Unless you are wearing Invisalign, there will be a few food restrictions, although we won’t slow you down too much. Chewy, crunchy, sticky foods should be avoided, as these can damage your brackets, bands, and wires. It is also important to avoid any foods you must bite into. For example, if you’re craving a juicy apple, cut it up before eating it. Similarly, corn should be eaten off the cob.
Will Braces Hurt?
For the first few days, it is normal to feel slight tenderness. However, this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also notice that the inside of your lips and cheeks are irritated from your new appliance. If this occurs, you can use orthodontic wax to cover the areas that are causing discomfort.
Loose Teeth: What to Expect
Many people panic when they realize their teeth feel slightly loose. This is a normal part of orthodontic treatment, however. In order for the teeth to move, they must loosen up a bit first.
How to Handle a Broken Bracket or Wire
There is no need to be alarmed if a band, bracket, or wire comes loose. It is important, however, to schedule an appointment with us right away, since damaged braces can prolong your treatment. In the meantime, there are things you can do to alleviate any discomfort. If a broken wire is irritating your soft tissues, you can use a blunt instrument to gently bend it. Or if a bracket comes loose, just leave it. If it irritates your mouth, you can cover it with a piece of orthodontic wax.
Athletic Mouth Guard
Do you play sports? You will want to protect your investment in your braces. If you play contact sports of any kind, let us know immediately. We can fabricate a custom mouth guard for you to wear while on the court or field.
The orthodontist certainly plays a primary role in your treatment. But did you know that you do, as well? Patient compliance is a vital part of any treatment. Therefore, it is important to follow Dr. Roy’s guidelines and recommendations closely. By doing so, you can enjoy comfortable and successful treatment.