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About braces

  • Types Of Braces

    At Orsborn Orthodontics, we offer braces to suit your tastes, needs, and lifestyle.

     

    Choose from traditional stainless steel, ceramic (tooth-colored brackets), gold, and Invisalign.

     

  • Types Of Appliances

    Elastics Rubber Bands

    Wearing elastics (rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed because the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they are worn as prescribed.

     

    Bite Plate or Bite Ramps

    These appliances prop open you bite so that you will not be able to contact your back teeth when biting. They are used to improve a deep overbite by allowing the back teeth to erupt. Eat soft foods while adapting to your bite plate.

     

    Habit Breaker Thumb Appliance

    These appliances help you to control your habits such as thumb sucking and poor tongue posture. Often patients develop an open bite from these habits. When using these appliances keep your lips closed and the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth.

     

    MARA® Appliance

    This MARA appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.

     

    Palatal Expander

    The palatal expander "“expands ”" (widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

     

    Retainers

    Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.

     

    Separators or Spacers

    Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. While wearing Separators do not eat gum or sticky candies. You can brush normally and floss between all teeth which do not have Separators.

     

     

  • Retainers

    Congratulations!

    Thanks to your help and cooperation your teeth are now straight. We have given you RETAINERS to allow the bone to tighten around the teeth so they will remain straight. You will need to use the retainers for a minimum of two years during which time you will visit our office to check their fit.

     

    Removable Retainers

    • When the retainer is NOT in your mouth, please keep it in your RETAINER CASE. Do NOT wrap it in napkins, tissues, or paper towels as retainers often get thrown out by accident when stored like this.
    • Do NOT place the retainer in very hot water as this will change its shape.
    • Always bring your retainers to your appointments
    • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
    • The retainer should always be removed when brushing your teeth. Please clean the retainer with your toothbrush and water. Do NOT use toothpaste. The retainer may also be cleaned and freshened every few weeks with a denture cleaner such as Efferdent.
    • You may file down any rough edges with an emery board or nail file.

     

    Please call the office if your retainers get lost, damaged, or simply do not fit.

     

    Ortho Bonded Retainers

    These are bonded onto the back of your teeth and will stay on indefinitely. If any part of them becomes loose or you feel a sharp edge, please come in immediately for repair.

     

    We will show you how to use SOFT PICKS or SUPERFLOSS to clean underneath the bonded retainer.

     

    It has been our pleasure serving you. We hope that you are happy with your new smile and the treatment you have received here. Know that we always welcome new patients to our office. Truly the best compliment you can give us is to recommend our care to your friends and family.

     

    Loose Wire or Band

    Don't be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

     

    Care of Appliances

    To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

     

  • Braces Diagram

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let's talk about what you shouldn't eat! If you've been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

 

 

Foods to Avoid:

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

 

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We'll show you how!

 

Loosening of the Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don't worry! It's normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new corrected positions.

 

Loose Wire or Band

Don't be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

 

Care of Appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time. Click here to read more about proper care of your appliances

 

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