What is orthodontics?
This dental specialty is focused on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of malocclusion (crooked teeth or a bad bite).
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist has several years of orthodontic education beyond dental school so that he or she can prevent, diagnose and treat bad bites. An orthodontist can recommend the best possible orthodontic treatment plan for the patient’s needs.
When should I bring my child in for his or her first orthodontic exam?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommend that a child have his or her first orthodontic exam around the age of seven. Keep in mind, however, that orthodontics is not just for children and teens. About one in five orthodontic patients are over age 21.
How do I care for my teeth while wearing braces or a retainer?
First and foremost, always brush your teeth after each meal and floss at least twice daily. Brush with a fluoride toothbrush and ask if a fluoride rinse would be beneficial for your smile. Also, set up your routine appointments with your regular dentist at least every six months.
If you wear a retainer, be sure to keep it safe in its container any time that you remove it. This can keep it from getting lost or broken. Brush your teeth before reinserting your retainer. Gently clean your retainer with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You can also soak your retainer in a denture cleaner, as recommended by Dr. Dipak Chudasama.
If you wear braces, avoid sticky and chewy foods, like caramel, bubble gum and gummy bears. Hard foods like nuts, ice cubes and hard candy should also be avoided. There are other foods that can get stuck in the teeth, like corn on the cob, soft bagels and taffy, that you should also stay away from. These foods can potentially damage braces.
What are braces?
Braces are used by our orthodontist to straighten the teeth and correct bites. We offer several types of braces at Orthodontic Avenue, including: traditional metal braces and clear aligners (Invisalign® & Invisalign® Teen).
How long are braces worn?
Treatment time varies based on individual need. Treatment time with braces varies from six to 30 months, but most standard braces treatments last about 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces usually do not hurt, but you may feel a little bit of discomfort for a few days as your teeth, gums, cheeks and mouth become accustomed to your new braces.
If I get braces, will I have to brush my teeth more often?
When wearing braces, brush your teeth at least three times to keep the oral cavity clean and healthy. Brushing regularly helps remove food particles that are caught in the braces. Flossing daily can help clean areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. Our orthodontist in Coppell, Texas, can show you how to properly brush and floss while wearing braces.
Do I still need to schedule dental checkups every six months if I have braces?
When undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is actually even more important that you visit your regular dentist regularly. Because food can so easily become caught in braces, bacteria can build up and cavities and gum disease may be the result. Your dentist can work closely with our orthodontist to help your teeth stay clean and healthy during treatment.
Will braces interfere with extracurricular school activities like sports or music?
Wearing braces while playing an instrument or a contact sport may take some getting used to. However, braces will not keep you from participating in the activities that you love. If you play a contact sport, we may recommend that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces and smile.
Please contact our office today to learn more about orthodontics and to set up your next appointment.