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The Braces

We are pleased you have chosen our office to provide your orthodontic care. We enjoy working with both young people and adults. Helping people improve their appearance and dental health is our greatest reward.

Our Doctor is committed to providing you with the best possible orthodontic care.dental braces

Success in your treatment depends largely upon patient cooperation. If braces are worn properly and checked regularly, the best results can be attained in the shortest amount of time. Both the estimate of time required to complete treatment and the fee for this care are based on the assumption that there will be full cooperation.

Orthodontic Treatment is a Team Effort and you are the Star Player!

Know the Appliance:

1. BAND

2. BRACKET

3. TIE WIRE

4. ARCHWIRE

5. ELASTIC LIGATURE

6. ELASTIC

7. HEADGEAR TUBE

8. BUCCAL TUBE

1.Brackets or bonds are glued onto the front surfaces of the teeth. They work only when they remain glued to the teeth. Patients will break the brackets or bonds off the teeth if they eat the wrong type of foods, have a habit of �picking at their teeth, chewing their fingernails, pens or pencils or are accidentally hit in the mouth.

2.Bands are cemented around the entire tooth. A great deal of care is taken to find the right size band to fit each tooth. Bands will become �loose� if the cement bond breaks down between the tooth and the band. Chewing sticky foods and large wads of bubble gum will actually pull the band off the tooth.

If a band or bracket loosens, please call the office for an appointment to have it removed, replaced, or re-cemented. If a band comes off, bring it to the office in a small box so it won't be crushed. Unnecessary delay may cause gum irritation, tooth decalcification or possibly decay.

3.Separators are placed between certain teeth to make room for the bands. They will feel like a piece of meat is caught between your teeth. They may cause a slight bit of discomfort depending on how tight your teeth fit together. You may wish to take some Tylenol. If they should fall out, please call the office. It might be necessary to replace before your Banding appointment.

4.Arch Wires are the main wires, which act as tracks for the teeth to follow.

A-Lastics or Ligatures are used to tie the arch wires to the brackets. A-Lastics are tiny rubber bands and ligatures are tiny fine wires. Occasionally a ligature loosens and will jab into the inside of your mouth. Just push it back into place using a pair of tweezers or eraser.

Bite Plates: If you are required to wear a bite plate, it should be worn ALL THE TIME except while eating or if instructed otherwise. Always bring it with you to your appointment.

Headgear: If you are required to wear a headgear, it should be worn NO LESS THAN 14 hours a day. It has many uses and is a CRUCIAL part of your treatment. Always bring it with you to your appointment.braces

Retainers: When treatment reaches the stage that the braces are to be removed, you will be fitted with a retainer. The retainer is a very important part of treatment and should be worn until the teeth are in a fixed position. It is important that you wear your retainers as instructed; otherwise the teeth may drift back to their original positions. In certain situations, retainers must be worn indefinitely to insure stabilization of teeth. Think of your retainers as pajamas for your teeth! You might wish to wear them nightly!

Dental decay is also referred to as tooth decay that is a common dental issue faced by a majority of the people across the world. This is not surprising as we use the teeth to chew the food that results in plaque. The saliva, bacteria, food particles as well as dead cells are part of the plaque that results in tooth decay.

Dental decay starts when the food particles are stuck on the tooth’s surface. This will be fed by the bacteria on the tooth, and produce an acid. This acid is responsible to erode the surface of the tooth leaving a tiny hole in it. With time, the tiny hole will enlarge forming a tooth cavity. In this cavity, the dead cells, food particles and saliva get lodged leading to severe dental decay that results in bad breath, swelling of the gums and cheeks, intense pain and so on.

In order to prevent the dental decay, you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis at least once in six months. Also, you need to restore the decayed tooth before further complications. Do brush your teeth twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride and floss after brushing to eliminate the food particles as well as plaque present in between teeth. If you have sweet or sugary foods stuff, make sure you rinse your teeth. Make it a habit to chew of xylitol gum after you eat as it helps in preventing decay. Use a dental sealant on the biting surface of your teeth as it will cover the grooves and prevent the food particles from storing on the teeth.

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Vitamins and minerals have an important role to play in your dental health. If you take in a diet that has the right levels of nutrients, your oral health will be exceptional. In case, there is a deficiency of some vitamins and minerals n your body, it will result in bacterial infections in your mouth that will result in serious dental health circumstances. In order to avoid such a situation, make sure your diet includes the necessary vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin B helps in fighting the gum diseases as it helps in converting the food particles into energy and also forms red blood cells. The deficiency of this vitamin will result in weakening of the teeth and gums and gingivitis. Vitamin C will prevent your teeth and gums from developing infections and diseases. If you have the periodontal gum diseases, the lack of vitamin C will increase swelling and bleeding. Vitamin D helps in the strengthening of the immunity against developing gum diseases and it also absorbs calcium that will help in building strong teeth.

When it comes to minerals, calcium is the most important mineral as it is necessary to keep your bones and teeth healthy and in perfect shape. If you consume low quantities of calcium, it will be reabsorbed into the blood leaving none for the teeth. On the other hand, if you consume high levels of calcium, it will be put back into the teeth and bones. This process is regulated by vitamin D. The other mineral that is essential for a good dental health is phosphorus as it makes the teeth and bones strong.

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It is very important to visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups. If you did not find any great changes in your teeth and gums, it does not mean that you need to wait to get another dental checkup done to identify any dental health hazard. There are some health signs that will help you in getting to know about the serious dental issues so that you approach your dentist at the earliest. Some of the warning signs are detailed below.

Odd texture and color of teeth and gums: It is important to carry out a self examination of your teeth. If there is any color change or texture change on your tongue, mouth floor and inside of the cheeks, you need to act immediately. Sometimes, the patches can indicate the presence of oral cancer.

Dental decay: The white spots on the teeth indicate dental decay. Usually, the hard enamel is attacked by the damaging bacteria acids and start to dissolve. You can stop your teeth from getting decayed by noticing these spots.

Sensitivity: The teeth sensitivity is a common symptom as many will experience it while eating or drinking something hot or cold. This issue has to be addressed immediately as your dentist will have the cavities treated before making serious consequences.

The texture of gums: Usually, the tongue might look soft pink in color. In case, if the tongue appears red, sensitive and swollen, then there are increased chances for your tongue to be unhealthy. If you find your tongue unhealthy, get it checked by your dentist as soon as possible to avoid further problems.