All About Braces
Orthodontics is a specialized aspect of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial abnormalities. Your orthodontist is able to straightening teeth, correct misaligned jaw structures and improve the function of your smile.
Although it is easy to understand the cosmetic benefits of straight teeth, many do not realize the health benefits associated with straightening your teeth. When teeth are in malocclusion or are misaligned, they are more susceptible to bacteria build up, cavities and periodontal disease. When teeth cannot be cleaned properly, they have an increased risk of mobility and eventual tooth loss.
Orthodontics today is innovative and not how most adults remember it as kids! Orthodontics used to consist of large metal bands that were placed around each tooth. Today, the materials are much less noticeable and are designed to move teeth more efficiently. Dr. Chong will discuss your different treatment options and what is best for you!
Orthodontics used to consist of large metal bands that were placed around each tooth in order to move the teeth. The latest materials are far less noticeable and our innovative technology enables us to move teeth faster. Orthodontic appliances today are made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be removable appliances or they may be brackets bonded directly to the teeth. The appliance will place a constant, yet gentle force on the teeth, which moves them into the proper position.
Clear or Ceramic Braces
Clear braces are similar to metal braces but are made of white material and are virtually undetectable! They bond to the front of the tooth and are connected by a wire. These braces are used mostly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. They do require a little more attention, which is why our trained doctors will let you know if they are the right options for you!
Clear aligners are removable aligners that are changed every couple of weeks and apply pressure to the teeth until they are moved into the desired position. The aligners are worn most of the day and night and are taken out when you eat, or when you brush and floss. Please consult with Dr. Chong to see if invisible braces are an option for you.
Caring for my braces
Taking care of your teeth while in orthodontic treatment is very important! Oral hygiene and home care needs to be a priority because with braces, food may get caught in places that your toothbrush cant reach. This will cause bacteria to build up and can lead to gingivitis, gum disease and cavities. We will show you to keep the hard to reach areas clean! Our office will work closely with Dr. Chong to make sure your teeth stay clean and white. Follow our recommendations for the whitest and healthiest teeth!
- Always brush after every meal and floss at least every night
- Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride
- Drink water with fluoride
- If recommended, use your fluoride rinse
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (gum, laffy taffy, caramel, gummy worms, sticky snacks)
- Avoid hard foods (ice cubes, nuts, jaw breakers or any hard candy)
- Avoid foods that get stuck in your braces and are hard to clean (corn on the cob, ribs, soft bagels, dried fruits)
- Avoid food with a lot of sugar, which can increase cavities
- When you take your retainers or clear aligners out, make sure to put them in their container so they don’t get lost or broken. Keep them away from animals, as they love to chew them!
- Follow Dr. Chong’s recommendations on when to schedule your routine checkups and cleanings.