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.

Brushing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

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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 salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or 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 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.

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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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I have braces?

Average treatment length ranges anywhere from 18 to 36 months, but we can’t say for sure until we’ve had a chance to check out everything you require. Get an appointment with the best orthodontist Orange residents can find.

How much do braces cost?

Braces cost changes depending on several factors. Even though the average treatment cost ranges from $3,000 to $7,000, yours might look very different when you consider payment options, insurance coverage, and other elements.

What is the most important part of braces?

No one part is more important than the others when it comes to braces. You have to consider that brackets help anchor the device to each tooth, the archwire guides the movement of the teeth, and the ligaments help secure the wires to the brackets.

How long do braces take to work?

When it comes to overall treatment length, you may take a couple of years to complete orthodontics; however, you will start noticing results after a few months as the braces move your teeth into a new position.

Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?

Only an orthodontist in Orange wan plan an efficient treatment that safely realigns your teeth and achieves the results you desire. Board-certified orthodontists are the only specialists who can guarantee high-quality, specialized care.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

Yes. It’s crucial you continue to have regular dental checkups with your general dentist when you undergo orthodontic treatment and avoid the risk of tooth decay or other dental problems.