One of the most important things to think about after getting braces put on is changing your eating habits so that the braces do not get broken and your teeth do not suffer. Braces are not able to withstand the pressure that is put on them when you bite into many types of foods, so continuing to eat as you normally would can cause your braces to break, possibly injuring you or impacting the effectiveness of your treatment. This doesn’t mean that you need to change everything, though; it just means that you need to make some changes to the way you eat to accommodate the braces.
When you first get your braces on and for a few days after getting braces tightened, orthodontists recommend that you opt for soft foods. Foods like mashed potatoes, applesauce, yogurt, rice, and spinach are among the many things that can be eaten. Avoid going on an ice cream binge or leaning towards unhealthy foods that you wouldn’t normally eat just because they are soft. It is as important as ever to make sure that you still maintain a healthy diet.
After your teeth begin to adjust to braces and the tension abates, it can be tempting to dive into your favorite foods without reservation. Even after the tension has subsided, however, you still run the risk of breaking your braces or harming your teeth with certain foods. To avoid depriving yourself while keeping your teeth and braces safe, you can cut up some of your favorite foods so that you can still eat these foods without the risk. Pizza, sandwiches, fresh fruit, and meats should be cut small for best results.
Foods and even beverages that are extremely sugary or sticky (think taffy and soda) can get stuck in braces brackets and on your teeth. The sticky residue from these foods can make it very difficult for you to clean your teeth and braces well, which may result in sugar and acid being left on your teeth.
You may wish to take the opportunity to improve your diet and begin staying away from sticky and sugary types of foods altogether. Since many types of foods that are healthy are okay to eat with braces, opting for a healthier diet may make it easier to stay away from foods that are not recommended while wearing braces.
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Getting your first adjustment after braces have been placed can be scary. Most people have lots of questions about the process, so it helps to have some guidance before you go in. Having a little understanding of what will happen can help to ease the stress of the situation, which is generally the worst part of the experience.
After adjustments, especially after the very first adjustment, most patients’ teeth are sore for about three to five days. The amount of soreness may vary depending upon how far the teeth have to move. Orthodontists often recommend that patients take a mild over-the-counter pain reliever before leaving the house for an adjustment appointment, as it will help to ease the soreness. After about six months, most patients say that adjustments are not as painful.
Since the teeth are a little sore after braces adjustments, it is recommended that patients eat soft foods for the first several days. These foods include mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, shakes, and any other foods that don’t require a lot of chewing. Chewy foods should definitely be avoided.
Orthodontists remove all of the elastic ligatures that attach the brackets of the braces to the arch wire during adjustment appointments. Orthodontists then remove the arch wire and examine the progress of the braces. Based on the progress, orthodontists may place a new arch wire that is thicker or may decide to use the same or a similarly sized arch wire. After the arch wire is placed, the orthodontist places new elastics.
Braces adjustment appointments generally take between fifteen and thirty minutes. The amount of time may vary slightly based on what the orthodontist has to do. If new arch wires need to be placed and the pressure on the teeth has to be increased substantially, the appointment may take a little longer.
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Patients generally consider any unexpected event associated with braces to be an orthodontic emergency, especially if the event or occurrence causes discomfort. If any unexpected event occurs, patients are urged to call our office and make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible. However, many orthodontic emergencies are actually somewhat minor and can be attended to by patients while waiting to be seen. These actions by the patient can help to eliminate discomfort, but the orthodontist should still be seen later for a more permanent solution.
A protruding arch wire can poke the cheeks and cause pain and irritation. An orthodontist should be contacted immediately if an arch wire is protruding, but if the patient cannot be seen, there are steps that can be taken to relieve discomfort and prevent further irritation. The arch wire should be pushed back with a pencil eraser until it is flush with the tooth to stop it from touching the cheeks. If the arch wire cannot be pushed back, relief wax should be applied to the wire to reduce irritation.
The small wires that connect the arch wires to the brackets may come loose and cause irritation. If this occurs, the ligature should be put back in place or removed using sterile tweezers. Loose ligatures often cause a domino effect, so an orthodontist should be notified immediately to properly replace the ligatures as soon as possible.
Brackets may come loose or be broken during play or while eating foods that should be avoided while wearing braces. If a bracket is not centered on the tooth, it should be slid back into place using tweezers. If the bracket has rotated on the wire and the orthodontist cannot be seen immediately, it is possible to flip the bracket back to the proper side in between two teeth, and then carefully slide the bracket into place until help can be sought.
Mouth sores are very common when braces are new. An orthodontist should be notified of the sores, but actions can be taken to alleviate discomfort. Ora-Gel or another topical numbing agent can be applied to the areas of the mouth where the sores occur. Dental wax can be applied to the pieces of the braces that are causing irritation to prevent further damage. Most sores will go away as the body adjusts to the braces, but minor adjustments by the orthodontist may help to rectify some issues.
The day that you get your braces off is a very exciting day that you have no doubt looked forward to since you got your braces put on. With the removal of braces comes the introduction of a different type of orthodontic treatment that you are unfamiliar with, however. While retainers are easier to care for than braces, there are a few things that you should know before getting yours.
Your teeth do not stabilize in their new positions for several months to a year after braces have been removed. The bone and ligament that anchors teeth to the jaw must grow and mature, and retainers help your teeth remain in the desired position during this process. They also protect the teeth from trauma, so that they do not get forcefully moved while in this vulnerable state.
There are three main types: Hawley, Essix, and permanent. Hawley retainers are the removable retainers that are made of wire and plastic and are molded to fit inside of your mouth. Essix retainers are clear, removable, and fit completely over your teeth. Permanent retainers are glued to the back of your teeth, so they are hidden, but not removable. Your orthodontist may try more than one type to find the most effective style.
While teeth shift less after they have been allowed to stabilize, they are still capable of shifting positions at any time. Most often, teeth begin to shift back to their original positions when retainer instructions are not followed properly. This can even happen years after braces have been removed. The lips, tongue, and cheeks also work to keep the teeth in place. However, as the positions of these features change, the teeth positions can change.
Hawley retainers are very noticeable and may make you lisp at first. Essix retainers don’t allow your teeth to touch as they naturally would, so the retainer may feel very strange at first. Permanent retainers may be difficult to floss and may feel uncomfortable on your tongue, requiring dental wax to ease discomfort. The process of getting used to a retainer is worth it, though, as it helps to preserve the work that your braces have done to align your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.
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Tongue thrusting, also known as orofacial muscular imbalance, is a condition in which the tongue protrudes from the mouth during swallowing and speaking. In some cases, the tongue will also protrude from the mouth when at rest. Tongue thrusting is common in children under age four, but can become a concern after that age. Tongue thrusting may affect speech and teeth alignment if not addressed.
Children may be more prone to tongue thrusting due to hereditary factors. Certain types of artificial nipples and prolonged thumb sucking behaviors may also contribute to tongue thrusting. Allergies, nasal congestion, and other conditions affecting breathing may also increase the occurrence of tongue thrusting behaviors as individuals compensate for the obstruction by holding the tongue lower in the mouth.
Tongue thrust has been associated with movement of the teeth, and has been linked to the development of anterior open bites and other types of malocclusion. While tongue thrust during swallowing has shown to exert pressure on the teeth, tongue thrust while resting has been noted as an even larger contributor to orthodontic conditions. The misalignment caused by tongue thrusting can affect the way words are pronounced, causing a speech impediment. Malocclusions can also cause jaw pain, headaches, and ear pain. In addition to these complications, the misalignment and speech problems caused by tongue thrust can also affect an individual’s self esteem and relationships with others.
Correcting bite patterns will sometimes correct the positioning of the tongue. This can be done using braces in some cases. Cases in which open bite patterns are more extreme may require the use of temporary anchorage devices, surgery, or tooth extractions. If jaw and tooth alignment is found to be correct, nighttime mouth guards and visits with an oral physiotherapist may be sufficient to correct tongue thrusting behaviors.
If tongue thrusting behaviors are not addressed after bite patterns have been corrected, teeth will usually shift back to the original position. Follow up treatment for tongue thrusting may include visits with an oral physiotherapist and use of specific types of retainers. A wrap around retainer with a hole in the top often provides two types of support. The retainer serves to prevent teeth from shifting back to the original position, and the hole presents a diversion from the tongue which can prevent the tongue from falling between the teeth while at rest.
X-rays, also known as orthodontic radiographs, are an important tool for assessing a patient’s jaw, mouth, and bone health. There are several different types of X-rays used in dentistry and orthodontics. It may be necessary for orthodontists to use a few different types of X-rays in order to get a full picture of the patient’s mouth and facial structure before recommending treatment.
When an X-Ray is being taken, a beam of radiation passes through the body and hits either a sensor or a piece of film. Dense tissue such as bone and teeth will not allow the radiation to pass through, so it shows as a white or light image on the film. Softer tissues and areas of lower density allow the radiation to pass through, so it shows as a darker image on the film. Analyzing the darker and lighter spots on an X-Ray gives orthodontists an idea of the tooth and bone health of a patient.
There are two main types of X-rays used in general dentistry and orthodontics. Intraoral X-rays are taken of the inside of the mouth. Extraoral X-rays are taken outside of the mouth. There are several different types of X-rays that fall into these two categories that are used for different purposes in orthodontics and dentistry.
Common types of intraoral X-rays which are used by orthodontists and dentists include:
Common types of extraoral X-rays that orthodontists or dentists may order include:
The primary use of X-rays in orthodontic applications is to help orthodontists diagnose problems like impactions, misalignments of the teeth, and asymmetries of the jaws. Comparing and analyzing different types of X-rays such as panoramic X-rays and periapical X-rays helps orthodontists get a well-rounded picture of the tooth and jaw structure so that proper treatment can be administered. X-rays can also be used throughout orthodontic treatment to evaluate progress and make corrections as needed. Although not a primary application, X-rays taken by orthodontists may also reveal health conditions such as abscesses and tumors in the head that can save patient’s lives.Baby teeth, also called primary or milk teeth, serve an important function in the development of permanent tooth placement. If baby teeth are pulled too soon or stay in place for too long, it can adversely affect the eruption pattern and alignment of the permanent teeth. It is important to speak to an orthodontist before making any decisions about baby tooth extractions.
Baby teeth are typically lost at certain ages. These ages may vary slightly from child to child, but should follow a certain pattern that corresponds to the pattern of permanent tooth eruption. If a child begins to lose teeth in a pattern that is outside of the normal eruption schedule, it may cause crowding in the mouth or misalignments. If a child goes several years over the normal tooth loss schedule, it may delay permanent tooth eruption or cause existing permanent teeth to shift into unnatural placements.
Baby teeth are generally lost around the following ages: