Why Wear Braces?
Children, teen and adult patients are often a candidate for orthodontics. Braces correct oral concerns ranging from minor to severe, resulting in a straight, even smile. Common problems addressed by orthodontics include crowded or crooked teeth, bite misalignment, jaw problems and gaps between teeth. But wearing braces is about far more than achieving a great smile! Straight, properly aligned teeth make brushing and flossing easier, reduce your risk of oral disease and improve self-confidence when communicating with others.
Maintain Proper Care to Enjoy a Healthier, Happier Smile
Orthodontics has become more streamlined over time. Today, people often spend less time wearing braces and more time enjoying a straight smile and better oral function. Depending on individual needs and severity of case, treatment may range from one to three years – when proper care and compliance are part of your every day routine.
How can you properly care for your braces?
Eating With Braces
Biting into hard foods easily damages bracket and wires. Instead, cut foods like fruits or grind nuts and seeds into softer foods before eating. It is also best to avoid sticky or sweet items, as they too can damage your braces and increase your risk of cavities.
Daily, meticulous homecare is extremely important to your teeth, braces and end result. Ask our friendly team about the tools and techniques you need to care for your smile while in braces. We may also recommend more frequent dental cleanings during orthodontic care.
Avoid Parafunctional Habits
It is never a good idea to chew on foreign objects like pens, but especially so with braces. Also avoid chewing ice, gum, popcorn and using your teeth to open things, as these habits often lead to orthodontic emergencies.
We Offer the Comprehensive Orthodontic Options Your Family Needs
Dr. Matt Ahrens is a Board Certified Orthodontist, and highly skilled in providing full-service orthodontic care. Through a one-on-one consultation and evaluation, we discuss the best treatment options for you or your child and determine the right solution for your unique oral needs and smile. Modern technology offers a number of options designed to deliver the exceptional end results your family deserves!