As an orthodontist, we provide patients with dental braces that can straighten teeth and align the jaw. We specialize in straightening teeth and help patients of all ages to achieve their smile goals through the use of orthodontics. When patients visit us for the first time, they are typically full of questions about the process, what solutions they can use and what life is like with braces.
Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we hear and our answers to them. Feel free to call us with any other questions or to schedule an appointment to see if braces are the right treatment for your needs.
FAQ: Life with dental braces
How often will I need to visit the orthodontist?
The number of visits to the orthodontist depends on the treatment straightening the patient’s teeth. Patients that wear traditional braces with brackets and wires tend to visit our clinic around once a month, though sometimes it can be more frequently. Patients who are using clear aligners need to visit less frequently because they can switch out the aligners at home.
How often do I need to brush my teeth?
We recommend brushing teeth after every meal and even after some snacks. Regular brushing is especially important for anyone who is using traditional braces because food can stick between the brackets and wires. Once there, it can increase the likelihood of a patient developing cavities as the plaque secretes acid that can attack the teeth.
To prevent this and to reduce the likelihood of staining, brush frequently and carry a small pick that fits between the brackets.
Are there any foods that are restricted?
Yes. It is important to not chew anything that is overly sticky, like caramel. Also, patients need to avoid nuts because these types of products can force the brackets to move and cause a disruption to the overall treatment time. Otherwise, most healthy foods are fine to eat.
Also, foods like carrots that are normally too crunchy can still be eaten if they are steamed or cooked in a pan. The goal is getting food to be soft enough that it cannot move the brackets. Those who are wearing clear aligners can eat whatever they want because the aligners come out at mealtime.
Are there ways to protect the teeth and braces?
Yes. We encourage patients who play sports and are highly active to have a mouthguard created that can be worn during those periods of high activity. The guard is something that can slip in place and cover the teeth and braces. This way, if anything collides with the face, the braces will remain intact and the gums and cheeks will not become cut on the brackets.
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Learn more about dental braces and how we can use them to improve your smile by scheduling a consultation today. We can thoroughly examine you and let you know what your options are.
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