For most people, the key reason for receiving orthodontic care is the desire for a healthy and happy new smile. Orthodontics is the repositioning of your teeth with continual, light forces. Dentists attach specialized brackets onto your teeth, and slide a wire that fits your mouth’s shape to help move your teeth gently into place. Your dentist may also use other helpful tools like rubber bands, retainers, and headgear to also improve your smile.
We have dedicated our practice to make you feel comfortable and confident throughout your entire orthodontic experience.
How Orthodontic Teeth Straightening Works
Orthodontic appliances are typically made of metal, ceramic, or clear aligner trays (such as clearcorrect and invisalign). They can be fixed to your teeth or removable. You can choose clear or metal brackets. We use the latest materials designed to move teeth faster, with more comfort. Any age is a great age to wear braces.
Duration of Treatment
Treatment time can vary but typically ranges between one and three years. This depends on several factors including age, how severe your case is and the treatment method used to correct it. A big factor in a successful treatment outcome is you! The more involved and diligent you are, the more efficient your treatment will be.
Before beginning your orthodontic care, we 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, to learn more about orthodontics and the treatment options available to you.
Life with Braces
Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It's important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Cleaning your Teeth
Always remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. Remember it takes about four minutes to do a good job brushing teeth clean with braces on.
Getting used to Braces and Appliances
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To relieve discomfort, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for a minute or two (do not swallow the saltwater). If the pain is more severe, take your usual pain reliever as required.
It is not uncommon for the lips, cheeks and tongue to become irritated for the first week or two, as they toughen and become used to your new braces. We will give you some wax that you can put over the braces, to relieve any discomfort. If you need more wax, please let us know.
If your teeth begin feeling a little loose, don't worry; this is normal! Your braces must first loosen your teeth to move them into the right position. Once your teeth have been repositioned, they will no longer be loose.
The wires and bands on your braces may come loose during treatment. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.
You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.
Take Care of Your Appliances
Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances as prescribed by your doctor. Successful and speedy treatment depends on your co-operation with these appliances.
Playing Sports with Braces
You can still play sports, even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance. Let your doctor know if you need help finding the right mouthguard for the best protection.
In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact us as soon as possible.
Eating with Braces
A sensible attitude to diet is needed when in braces, especially avoiding a diet high in lollies, chocolates, cakes and soft drinks etc, which can cause tooth decay, or result in permanent marks on your teeth. You will also need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
Foods to AVOID with braces:
Foods you CAN eat with braces:
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are invisible braces. Looking for the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth so you can show off your smile with confidence! Looking for an alternative to metal braces? Clear aligners are the clear and simple choice for patients of all ages. There are no wires or brackets; just clear, convenient comfort that gives you every reason to smile.
Achieving your ideal smile is easy and effortless. Plus, since your clear aligners are removable, you can take them out to brush, floss, and eat your favourite foods. Therefore it fits your life and daily routine as perfectly as it fits your teeth, so you don't need to change a thing.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Unlike traditional metal braces, ClearCorrect and Invisalign lets you show off your smile while you straighten your teeth. You'll be surprised at how quickly you forget you're wearing your clear aligners, and they're so clear that no one else will notice you're wearing them either!
How ClearCorrect Works
After you and your doctor decide that this is the right treatment option to fit your unique goals and needs, you'll send your records, X-rays, and impressions away. Next, your doctor will help maps out a customized treatment plan of gradual adjustments that take your teeth from where they are currently to where you want them to be. You'll wear each set of aligners for a specific amount of time as your teeth gently adjust and align to your ideal smile. You'll visit your doctor periodically for checkups to monitor your progress until you eventually have the straight smile you've always wanted.