Types of Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal.

This is a system of series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.

Having braces doesn't mean you have to have a "tin grin." Our office also uses lingual braces, which attach to the lingual, or tongue, side of your teeth. Lingual braces are custom-fit for your teeth and treatment plan, and each bracket is manufactured for each individual patient. These appliances are well-suited for adults, who may worry about the aesthetic nature of regular metal braces.

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.

The placement of orthodontic appliances is not painful. Your comfort during this initial appointment is our priority. Many patients experience mild tenderness for 1 to 4 days after the braces have been placed. In addition, it may take up to a week for the inside of the cheeks to become accustomed to the braces. During this time period wax may be placed on the braces to improve comfort.

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.

Foods To Avoid

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Toffee
  • Caramels
  • Chocolates

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Corn
  • Apples and guava (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Chips
  • Pizza crust
  • Crisp toast

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Toffee
  • Chocolates
  • Soft drinks

It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff.

Oral Hygine

Braces are instruments to place on one's teeth. They correct the position of the teeth and improve speech, so to wear them is well worth it. Yet, if proper brushing techniques are not executed, you can be left with discoloring, cavities on your teeth, or gum tissue that is swollen and infected. Clean after every meal. It seems like a pain, but it is crucial!

Rinse your mouth. Before you get started, swish some water around in your mouth. Spit, and repeat. This gets some of the loose particles of food out of your mouth.

[ Step 1 ]

Using a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste place bristles where gums and teeth meet.

[ Step 2 ]

For 10 seconds on each tooth use circular, vibrating motions around the gum lines. Every tooth of both arches should be brushed slowly.

[ Step 3 ]

Brush the lower teeth from gum line up and the upper teeth from the gum line down.

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Brush the back side of upper and lower teeth.

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride mouthwash that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.