FOOD – The appliance or bands you are wearing are not indestructible. The list of “dangerous” foods includes: raw vegetables and hard fruits (raw carrots, whole apples), popcorn, hard bread crusts (french bread, pizza), sticky or hard candies and bubble gum. Some of these foods may still be enjoyed but we will ask that you cut them into bite-size pieces first. Also, please do not chew on pens, ice, or other objects.
DECAY – Your teeth may contain decay underneath orthodontic bands if the bands are loose. At each appointment we make certain that your bands are tight. However, if you notice a loose band, call us as soon as possible so that we can set up a repair appointment. A more frequent problem, but one that can easily prevent, is decalcification or staining of the teeth. This may occur on areas of a tooth adjacent to the band if you do not brush your teeth thoroughly after each meal. So the prevention of this problem is up to you!
SORENESS – Your teeth will usually feel sore for three to five days after most orthodontic appointments. It helps to avoid hard foods or vigorous chewing until the soreness disappears. If you feel very uncomfortable, take your normal over-the-counter pain medication. If the soreness continues beyond several days, please call us.
HEAT AND COLD – During orthodontic treatment, you may find that you are sensitive to heat and cold. This is caused by the movement of your teeth, it is seldom due to decay.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – Playing a wind instrument will not interfere with your orthodontic treatment but may irritate your lips initially. Wax can be used to aid in this kind of discomfort and we will supply you with a variety of wax for your orthodontic needs. If this becomes a problem, please let us know.
OTHER DENTISTRY – The fees for orthodontic treatment do not include any treatment in other dental offices such as cleaning, examinations, X-rays, restorations, or the removal of teeth. Our patients are expected to visit their dentist at least every six months for their routine check-ups.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has successfully completed at least two academic years of continuous advanced studies in an orthodontic program of a dental school or institution approved by the American Dental Association. This advanced training includes such diverse studies such as physics, embryology, genetics, human growth and development, biophysics and engineering. Only those dentists with this advanced education can announce that they are orthodontists.
Why should I be concerned about my child’s bite?
A bad bite can be detrimental to the future of your child’s mouth. Restorations, crowns or bridges are often impossible for a dentist to perform without prior re-positioning of the teeth by an orthodontist. Properly aligned and supported teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and therefore more likely to last throughout a patient’s lifetime.
At what age should my child see an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists believes that seven is a good age for your child’s first orthodontic examination. Conditions may be found that can be corrected at this early age by interceptive measures. This will often lessen or eliminate the need for help at an older age. That, in turn, can be a savings in the total cost of your child’s orthodontic correction. PLEASE don’t wait until your child has lost all of his or her baby teeth. There are definite advantages to correcting many problems at an early age.
How often will my child need office visits?
Appointments can be scheduled from two- to multiple-week intervals, depending on the stage of treatment. In the initial stage, the appointments are more frequent. Once the appliances (braces) are in place, appointments are scheduled at longer intervals.
Am I too old for orthodontics?
There is no age limit for orthodontics. Teeth and tissue are essentially the same in both adults and children. Orthodontists can successfully realign crooked teeth or a protruding overbite regardless of your age.
Can my appearance be improved?
YES! Dramatic changes in a person’s smile and profile can be achieved. A person can actually look years younger by straightening crooked teeth or correcting an overbite or an underbite. A beautiful smile can increase self-confidence and, in turn, a sense of well-being.
Why should I be concerned about a bad bite?
Bad bites can be detrimental to a patient’s health. Restorations, crowns or bridges are often impossible for a dentist to perform without prior repositioning of the teeth by an orthodontist. Properly aligned and supported teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and therefore more likely to last throughout a patient’s lifetime.
Will improvement be permanent?
Teeth, like all parts of the body, are constantly changing and adapting. You must remember teeth that have been crooked for years have marvelous memories. Minor movement or relapse must be expected, but conscientious wear of retainers following treatment can minimize these changes.