Many people are concerned that they won’t be able to afford orthodontic treatment. However, they are often surprised to learn that Dr. Levine and his staff will work to create payment plans with no interest that make undertaking orthodontic treatment affordable.
Good oral hygiene is important for successful orthodontic treatment outcomes. Plaque can form around your braces since food can become lodged in and around among them. Plaque can cause gum disease, as well as enamel erosion, which is why it is so important to practice good oral hygiene. After consuming food, brushing needs to be performed, using a soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing should include the braces, as well as the teeth. Flossing should be performed once daily with a floss threader to get between the braces. Great oral hygiene and a beautiful smile can raise your self-esteem!
There are a variety of orthodontic treatment options available today:
Functional appliances are used to correct the alignment of the jaws, a modality known as dentofacial orthodontics. These appliances are deigned to promote proper facial muscle function, as well as facial proportions. Orthodontic screening should occur around age seven to eight so that intervention is possible at the most appropriate time. Sometimes corrective treatment will include a functional appliance along with fixed appliances (braces).
When an emergency visit to your orthodontic specialist isn’t possible, some problems can be easily handled at home.
Here are suggestions on dealing with some problems:
Tooth pain after an adjustment: Tooth pain after an adjustment can make eating difficult. To help, have soft foods available and use non-prescription pain relievers as you would for a headache.
Irritation of lips and cheeks: Relief wax can provide comfort while you get used to your braces. Pinch off a small piece and roll it into a ball. Squeeze it into a small disc and push it onto the brace where the irritation is located. Push the wax to cover the top and bottom of the brace. Often used when eating, wax can fall off and be eaten without any ill effects.
Brace/bracket is broken while playing a sport or eating hard food: If a brace is hit during a sport or while eating hard foods, it may come off the tooth. If the brace sticks out into the lip, use tweezers to slide it between two teeth and then push it around and back up against the tooth.
If an accident involving the teeth occurs during treatment, call your dentist or orthodontist immediately.
A wire is protruding: If a wire is protruding out the end of the last brace, a small key chain nail clipper can be used to cut the wire. If you’re having difficulty cutting it, call the office to book an appointment to have it taken care of.
Storing a removable appliance: A removable appliance is safe only when it is in your mouth or in the case provided by your orthodontic specialist.
Removing an appliance when eating out: When you remove your appliance to eat out, avoid wrapping it in a tissue or a napkin. Doing so greatly increases the chance it will be accidentally discarded.
If emergency care is required, you always need to call the office to book an appointment.
During orthodontic treatment, it is essential to eat proper foods and minimize sugar intake. Whole fruits and vegetables should be cooked or cut into small pieces. Do not suck on lemons, limes or ice and avoid drinks that contain sugar. Eating hard foods can damage your braces. Some sticky soft foods can loosen or dislodge your braces, as well as cause tooth decay.
You can eat just about anything, but there are some exceptions. Getting used to braces also usually means making a few adjustments in your eating habits. This is because some foods might damage your braces or cause problems for your teeth. Here’s a list of items to avoid (or some ways they can still be enjoyed with caution).
Apples: Don’t bite into a whole one! Cut it into wedges first.
Bubble Gum: Always chew sugarless gum, but preferable no gum at all.
Candy: Avoid caramels, taffy, nut brittles, fruit-flavoured chewy candies and gummi anything!
Corn on the Cob: Remove the kernels from the cob, then enjoy!
Corn Chips/Crisp Tacos: Avoid them.
Hard Foods: They are tough on braces, causing bending and breaking.
Ice: No crunching!
Pizza/Crusty Breads: Outer edges.
Pretzels: Avoid the large, hard varieties.
Sticky Foods: Can bend wires and pull off brackets.
Sugary Foods: Avoid these as much as possible. If you do eat them, brush your teeth within minutes or as soon as possible or at least rinse your mouth with water.