When should I bring my child to see the orthodontist?
Early or late loss of baby teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, mouth breathing, thumb or finger sucking, crowded or crooked front teeth, protruding chin or receding chin, speech problems, lower front teeth biting into the roof of the mouth (deep bite), protruding front teeth, teeth that do not meet (open bite), grinding of teeth, asymmetry of the face, unwillingness to smile
We encourage early orthodontic assessment and interceptive orthodontic treatment in very specific mixed dentition cases when such treatment can be justified from the cost-benefit perspective. Ideally, you’d want to bring them for an orthodontic visit at around 7 years of age.
Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?
Are there Health advantages to adult orthodontic treatment?
Can teeth be straightened without using obvious braces?
Can special needs patients get braces?
Must foods be specially prepared when wearing braces?
Here are a few things to avoid:
Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
Crunchy foods: unpopped popcorn, ice, tortilla chips
Sticky foods: caramels, gum, toffees
Hard foods: nuts, candy, raw vegetables]
Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
How should I care for my teeth and orthodontics during treatment?
To avoid decalcification, a reduction in the intake of fizzy high sugar drinks is essential. Cleaning aids include a variety of toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes, brushes glued onto handles of nailbrushes (handicapped patients), superfloss, floss threaders, waterpicks, plaque disclosing tablets or liquids, interdental toothbrushes and mirrors to magnify difficult areas.
Adults who have a history of gum disease should see their general dentist or periodontist more frequently during orthodontic treatment.
It is a good idea for patients with braces to have more frequent professional cleanings. Four cleanings a year is probably a good idea.
Keeping teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time; BUT … Clean healthy teeth also move more quickly!
Must I wear a mouth guard when doing contact sports?
In addition, they can prevent or minimize brain and neck injuries and jaw fractures with their absorbing attributes. Mouth guards should be worn for all the following sports types: Rugby, soccer, hockey, boxing, squash, basketball, martial arts, wrestling, skating, skateboarding, gymnastics, motor cross, skydiving, trampoline and horseback riding. Children and adults with braces are at a high risk of tearing and bruising their lips during contact sport due to the inherent sharp nature of the orthodontic appliances. Prefabricated “boil and bite” types of mouth guards can be modeled over the braces and teeth.
Custom fabricated mouth guards however generally fit better and can be adapted over braces to still allow the teeth to move. Mouth guard materials must be of an even thickness (± 2 mm) to be effective.
What are retainers, removable braces, and plates?
Is banding painful?
When you attend a follow-up appointment to have your braces adjusted, you may experience minor tenderness for a day or two. However, it is rarely ever as much as when the braces were initially placed.
Some patients are more sensitive to the braces and may develop minor ulcerations. We provide our patients with wax when their braces are placed and we recommend placing the wax over the braces in the area of ulceration to prevent further rubbing from the braces. Most ulcers will resolve naturally in 7-10 days.
Is it normal for my teeth to feel loose?
What should i do if something comes loose?
If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, and gently, push the irritating wire under the arch wire. If there’s irritation to the lips or mouth, place wax on the wire to reduce the annoyance.
Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. It is important to call even if you have a regular appointment soon, as there won’t always be time to make a repair without prior planning.
If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.