Dental Tips Blog

Dec
12

Are Braces Uncomfortable?

Posted in Braces

Granted, having metal wires on your teeth is not going to be a natural sensation, in the beginning. But it is something you can get used to.

Getting Braces – Does It Hurt?

The process of getting braces put on your teeth is not as bad as you might imagine. Your orthodontist applies a little conditioner to your freshly-polished enamel. This process helps the cement attach a little better. Then, the brackets are secured in place. Lastly, a wire is laced through the brackets and fastened with rubber bands.

You may feel a little discomfort in the early days of wearing braces. As that wire is first set, your teeth will resent the pressure. Just be patient as you adjust. Most patients get used to their orthodontics within a week of having them placed.

What To Do When Braces Hurt

If you seem to be experiencing more discomfort than you can tolerate, it’s usually recommended to take a painkiller; whatever you usually take for a headache is enough. Check with your doctor and orthodontist first for recommendations.

What about if the brackets are chafing your cheeks and lips? That’s a very common problem and happily, it’s easy to fix. Your orthodontist or local drugstore can supply you with some dental wax that can be molded to fit over any sharp metal pieces. It can take a bit of time before your mouth becomes accustomed to having a few rough areas of orthodontic appliances inside.

Sometimes your gums can get a little sore from gingivitis if you’re not brushing well enough. Just be patient and take care to floss!

Visit your orthodontist and local dentist regularly throughout treatment to keep your braces feeling as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jan
6

How Are Braces Put On?

Posted in Braces

Before you get braces, you’ll have an appointment or two with your orthodontist to figure out just what you need.  Once you get the treatment planning out of the way, your next visit will be when everything is officially ‘wired’ into place!

Here’s what you can expect.

The orthodontist will make sure your teeth are completely clean. After drying your enamel, your orthodontist cements the brackets with a firm, but perfectly safe orthodontic glue.

With the brackets bonded in place, the arch wire can be set over them. This wire is a single metal line that directs the teeth into alignment with one another.

The next step is to keep the wire in place. Your orthodontist will slip very small and durable rubber bands around the brackets. These bands are so strong that special tools are needed to stretch them out and secure them in place. They’re available in a variety of colors for you to choose from.

How long is an appointment to get your braces put on? It’s a good idea to plan for around two hours, although it usually takes less time. Bring along some music or a movie on a portable device that you can listen to and settle in for a full afternoon!

Getting Used to Braces

Getting your braces put on shouldn’t hurt, but for the first couple of days, your teeth will probably feel tight as you get used to the sensation of having pressure placed on them. Within a month, you should get used to the presence of your braces, and in less than six months you could forget that you’re even wearing them.

Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for tips on how to make your braces as comfortable as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

Dec
23

What Do Braces Actually Do?

Posted in Braces

Getting a basic understanding of how teeth move can help you feel a bit better about what’s going on in your mouth!

How to Move Teeth

Interestingly, moving whole teeth through the bone is not as gruesome a process as it may sound. Your body has a natural response to pressure on teeth, and braces take advantage of this process. The ligament around a tooth root signals the surrounding bone to start a break-down process when force is applied. When the pressure is released, the bone begins a rebuilding process.

With gentle pressure over time, braces actually help reshape the bone around your teeth as they slide into place.

The Components of Braces

Brackets – Cemented onto the teeth and made of metal or ceramic. They act as secure anchoring points for moving teeth with an arch wire.

Arch Wires – The long wire that runs through the brackets, following the arch of your teeth. This is what works the magic of coaxing your teeth back in line.

O-Rings – Rubber bands that wrap around the bracket, securing the arch wire in place. They are changed at most visits, allowing the freedom to choose colors of your own liking.

Other components such as elastics, springs, headgear, retainers, and spacers may be part of your treatment to make it quick and effective.

Braces for Every Situation

No two cases are the same! Braces can be placed for different reasons such as:

  • Cosmetic enhancement
  • Correcting spacing issues
  • Creating space for an implant

There is a technique and tool for every type of tooth movement. An orthodontist can tell you the best and fastest way to straighten your smile. Schedule a consultation to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

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