Most people get braces to boost their self-confidence through a beautiful smile. At the same time, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
In general, orthodontic appliances are made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. Depending on your treatment plan, these appliances are either removable or bonded directly to your teeth. Then, by placing a constant, gentle force in a precise direction, we are able to move your teeth to the corrected position.
Orthodontic technology has improved enormously over the last two decades. We no longer place metal bands around each tooth. Today we are able to shorten treatment times, use clear appliances, and develop custom treatment plans based on the latest imaging technology. All these advents increase your comfort and decrease your treatment time.
Duration of Treatment
Depending on the age of the patient, growth of the patient’s mouth, and severity of the problem, treatment times can range from one to three years. Every patient is different, so each treatment will be customized to your particular needs and, as a result, treatment times can vary from patient to patient. Patients can achieve the shortest treatment times by following the prescribed treatment plan and using rubber bands and headgears as recommended by the doctor. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take as few as six months.
Life with Braces
Eating with Braces
It’s not going to be easy at first, and in the beginning foods you can eat will be limited. You’ll want to stick to foods that are soft, fluffy, and easily mashed up. Pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, soups, cooked vegetables, applesauce, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and soft ice cream – just to suggest a few. Stay away from foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or tough.
Foods to Avoid
Sticky: gum, caramel, tootsie rolls, peanut butter, toffee
Hard: apples, carrots, and other raw vegetables
Crunchy: popcorn, chips
Tough: bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs
There are a few tricks around some problem foods. You can cook your vegetables to make them softer, cut your corn off the cob, and slice apples and sandwiches into small, bite sized pieces.
If you’re in doubt about a particular food, ask the doctor.
Your mouth is going to feel sensitive and a bit sore when you first get your braces put on. To help alleviate the soreness, you can rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution or take an over-the-counter analgesic. If your braces are rubbing or poking your mouth, you can use dental wax (available at the office or your local drugstore) to cover problem areas and prevent blisters.
Loosening of Teeth
Part of the process of creating your new, beautiful smile is moving your teeth; to move them, they need to loosen up first. “Loose teeth” are a natural part of the process. Once your teeth are in the right place, they will settle in to their new position.
Loose Wire, Bracket or Band
Inevitably, something is going to come loose. A bracket will loosen or a wire may pop out of place. Don’t worry!
If it’s a flexible wire, you might be able to push it back into place using tweezers. If you can’t move it with tweezers, you can use a pencil eraser or the back of a pen to push the offending wire down. Dental wax will also be your friend, place a small amount on the spot to cover the problem area. Next, schedule an appointment to have the wire, bracket, or band repaired.
Care of Appliances: Brushing
It is always important to brush and floss your teeth to keep them clean and healthy – with braces, it’s more important than ever. Consistent brushing and flossing will ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy throughout your treatment.
For Kids & Teens
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends seeing an orthodontist by the age of 7 to see if your child can benefit from treatment. This is an ideal age for correction, because the first permanent molars have typically come in by this time, and crossbites, crowding, and other common problems can be evaluated and addressed before they worsen.
Early treatment can radically simplify (and in some cases do away with altogether) later treatment. It gives an orthodontist the ability to monitor the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. It allows the doctor to regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, to gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for extractions, and reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth.
Orthodontics for Adults
Although we are a Kids specialty clinic we do provide orthodontic treatment for a lot of the Moms and Dads of our patients. Its actually an amazing bonding experience when families are in treatment together. So yes we do treat adults!
With the growing popularity of treatment options like Invisalign, Insignia, and Damon Clear, more adults are interested in braces than ever before. And we expect this trend to continue. No one is ever too old for orthodontics, and Kids Dental Group can deliver a beautiful smile in an efficient, comfortable, and discrete way.
Brushing and Flossing with Braces
Using a soft bristled toothbrush, begin by brushing the outside of your teeth and braces holding the brush tilted at a 45 degree angle. Brush along the top and bottom of the braces using light to moderate pressure, making sure you cover every surface very carefully. Don’t forget to brush the teeth all the way in the back and behind your back molars. It’s a good practice to brush for three minutes at least twice a day. Using a timer or singing along to a song will help you keep track of your time.
Flossing at least once a day is very important for good dental hygiene and to keep your teeth healthy. Flossing with braces may seem difficult at first. To floss properly, you will need to thread the floss under the archwire. This can be done in two ways – either by threading the floss through on your own or using a floss threader to thread the floss under the wire.
When threading the floss, it is a good practice to start by pushing the floss vertically from the top to the bottom on your upper teeth and from the bottom to the top on your bottom teeth, always threading away from your gums. Once threaded, carefully floss around each tooth and gum, moving the floss up and down, just like you did with out braces.
For situations requiring immediate medical attention, you should contact your doctor or local emergency medical services.
For orthodontic-related emergencies, our office is here to help. Most emergency situations can be temporarily taken care of at home, though. Usually loose brackets and wires that are causing some discomfort or poking can be covered in wax or pushed back into place. Loose and poking wires can be manipulated using tweezers or a pencil eraser. It’s still important to call the office and set up an appointment to have the issue corrected.
In the event of a more severe issue (an appliance breaks, a wire slips loose, or is preventing the mouth from opening or closing) call our office to schedule an appointment and have the problem taken care of right away.
Keep in mind that there may be some discomfort for a few weeks after getting your braces on and for several days after an adjustment. In these situations, rinsing with salt water or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may alleviate the pain.
Types of Braces
Damon Braces If your idea of braces is based on your own experience as a teen or awkward yearbook photos, then you might be hesitant to embrace the idea of braces. And that is understandable if traditional braces are all you know. After all, braces of the past were ugly, uncomfortable, and all around undesirable. However, we make it our goal to offer Markham braces that are attractive, comfortable, and more effective than the offerings of the past.One of the ways we offer our Stouffville patients braces that are better is through The Damon System. The Damon System bracket is self-ligating, so it eliminates the need for elastic ties to keep the wire in. Without a tie, the braces stay clean and friction is reduced, allowing your treatment to progress more efficiently and with less discomfort along the way. Damon System braces are available with both a metal and an aesthetic option. However, even their metal braces are far more attractive than what was available in the past. When it comes to Damon, you cannot go wrong. Read More…
Invisalign For most of our patients, their biggest concern is the look of their treatment. Yes, even in pediatric dentistry we get patients who are very concerned about how they will look with braces. If you are a parent to a patient that is worried about the look of braces, you should take some time to look into Invisalign.Invisalign is the ultimate in terms of aesthetic treatment options. We use custom molded clear trays to move your teeth to the ideal position. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners. Invisalign is a terrific option for working any of our patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile.However it is not ideal for every case. As the aligners are removable, only very responsible patients are eligible for Invisalign. Make certain you stress this to your child before and during treatment.The doctors at Kids Dental are certified Invisalign Providers, so they can use their expertise to determine if Invisalign is the right treatment choice for you
Damon Clear The Damon Clear bracket is the most aesthetically pleasing clear brace on the market. It blends beautifully with your teeth and features a clear slide mechanism that conceals the wire. Because the slide is used in place of elastic ties, the braces stay clean and clear throughout treatment and reduce the overall appointments needed to complete treatment.Read More…
- Wear your retainers at night time for clear retainers.
- Brush your retainers with cool water and toothpaste.
- Use a denture cleaner or retainer brite periodically to keep them clean.
- Do not wrap them in a napkin as they can get thrown away.
- Do not place retainers in hot water or hot environments.
- Pets love them so keep them away from dogs or cats.
- Bring your retainers with you to all your appointments.
- Take your retainers out when eating.
- If your retainer stops fitting or gets lost, please call the office immediately to get fit for a new retainer.
- Your treatment includes one year of retainer visits, after that time there will be an additional charge for your office visits.
- Remove retainers when swimming.