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Getting Started With Orthodontic Treatment

Before braces are placed, patients must visit a dentist for an exam and have any necessary fillings. Patients should visit the dentist every 6 months for a thorough examination and cleaning. Before each orthodontic appointment, patients are encouraged to brush their teeth.

Convenient Appointments

Your appointments are scheduled to fit your busy lifestyle. Our staff makes every effort to accommodate each patient’s schedule. In order to help us continue to schedule efficiently, a 24- hour notice is required to cancel an orthodontic appointment.

Treatment Time

Orthodontic treatment may last from 18 to 36 months, though this will vary depending on your individual case. Appointments are typically scheduled 4 to 12 weeks apart. Your cooperation in keeping scheduled orthodontic appointments, maintaining proper hygiene, and taking good care of your braces may allow you to finish your orthodontic treatment early.

Braces 101

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance and correction of the dentofacial structures. Orthodontic treatment uses braces, retainers and other appliances to correct any dentofacial abnormalities. Orthodontic treatment will result in a beautiful smile that will impact your self-confidence for years to come.

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specially trained dentist who has attended an advanced education program for a continual training period of 2 to 3 years. All members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have received the appropriate training.

When should I visit the orthodontist?

It’s never too late to have a beautiful smile! Adults should visit an orthodontist to improve the appearance of their smile and their overall dental health at any time. Some orthodontic corrections need to be made as early as 3 to 5 years of age, but ordinarily children should visit an orthodontist by the age of 7 in order to detect any deficiencies in the child’s teeth formation, as recommended by The American Association of Orthodontists. An early visit may not result in children’s braces; however, Dr. Timothée can monitor the growth and alignment of teeth and address any orthodontic problems as they arise.

What are signs that I or my child may need orthodontic treatment?

Take a look at your (or your child’s) teeth. If you see signs of crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth, or overlapping teeth, orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Bite all the way down, but keep your lips open so you can see the teeth. Do the front teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment. Look at your jaw alignment. Does the jaw shift off center during biting down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, it suggests a skeletal or jaw bone problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention. These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

Who is a good candidate for braces?

Braces may be worn by both children and adults, not only to improve the attractiveness of their smile, but also because braces correct improper alignment of teeth that can lead to gum disease and early tooth loss. Left untreated, crooked teeth with irregular spacing make cleaning harder and allow cavities to more easily develop. Properly aligned teeth also make it easier to chew all types of food, and eliminate the headaches and pain caused by uneven chewing. Uneven teeth may result in weak enamel, gum problems and jaw misalignment. Modern technology has resulted in numerous options for braces that will fit your specific lifestyle and will provide you more comfort during treatment.

Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth?

Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic, or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems from happening, and it will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.

How will braces straighten my teeth?

Braces exert a gentle pressure on teeth over time to straighten them. The two main components include the braces placed on the teeth and the arch wire that connects them. The brace is a specially-shaped metal or ceramic affixed to each tooth, and the arch wire is bent to reflect the bite that the patient should have after treatment. The wire threads through the braces. As the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move the teeth.

Are braces uncomfortable?

There have been some fantastic advances in modern orthodontics to make treatment more comfortable and quicker for patients. There are now smaller, smoother braces and gentler wires which provide a continuous small force over a long period of time, rather than a strong force for only a short period. Typically, there is some discomfort after the braces are first put on. Over-the-counter pain relievers and a soft foods diet will help alleviate this temporary discomfort.

Will braces affect playing sports?

You should be able to play just about any sport. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard while participating in certain sports.

Why are retainers so important?

Retainers help keep your teeth aligned at the completion of treatment. If they are not worn as instructed, your teeth will move.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

Orthodontic fees depend on the complexity of the orthodontic problem, the age of the patient, and the estimated length of treatment. Since each patient is different, a visit to the office for a complimentary examination will allow you to get a better idea of the fee. We offer a variety of payment options with low down payments, 0% interest, and affordable monthly payments.

How does insurance work?

Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment. We accept and file most insurance.

Life with Braces

Your braces will be attached quickly and easily to your teeth, but a full day is necessary for the bands to completely affix. It is a good idea to wait several hours after getting braces before eating solid food. You may find it easier to eat soft foods for the first couple of days while you are becoming accustomed to eating with your new braces.

Comfort/Braces Concerns

The braces may feel a little awkward at first and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though the braces are “sticking out,” but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. Our office always has extra wax in case you run out so call us if you need more.

Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours of getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result take the medications before your appointment.

Braces and Eating Habits

Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.

Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.

The foods listed to the right are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat while wearing braces.

Eating restricted foods and lack of care for orthodontic appliances may cause problems which will result in extra visits and repairs that will ultimately extend the length of orthodontic treatment. You will have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific braces questions about food choices should be directed to Dr. Timothée and the staff.

  • gum
  • beef jerky
  • nuts
  • hard or sticky candy
  • corn chips
  • crisp taco shells
  • whole apples
  • celery
  • caramel
  • taffy
  • popcorn
  • soft drinks
  • candy bars
Invisalign®

Our office provides the most state-of-the-art procedures available, ensuring optimal results for our patients. We offer Invisalign as a proven and convenient alternative to braces. Invisalign is a revolutionary system that utilizes 3-D computer graphics to design and manufacture customized clear appliances called “Aligners.” Invisalign appliances are virtually undetectable, easy to use, and comfortable to wear.

landonThe invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces, Invisalign® can give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted. It works through a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing, so you can smile more DURING treatment as well as after!

Patients wear each aligner for about two weeks before changing it out for the next set of aligners. You will receive 2-4 aligners at each visit, and be scheduled to return in 4-8 weeks to monitor your progress and receive more aligners. Most patients need between 12-48 aligners, while some need more to achieve the ideal result. Either a glued-in retainer or a removable retainer will be necessary to maintain your beautiful new smile following treatment.

To learn more about Invisalign and if it is the right option for you, call us today or fill out our Free Consultation form to request your complimentary assessment!

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