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.
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.
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.
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.
FREE initial orthodontic consultation*
FREE Oral B electric toothbrush worth $179 retail when you proceed with braces treatment*
We do: Traditional metal or ceramic Braces / Clear aligner trays / removable plates