Using metal brackets cemented onto each tooth, traditional braces are connected to one another with a thin metal wire. This wire is designed to put pressure on all of the brackets, thus moving your teeth into their proper place. The use of other types of appliances, such as rubber bands or springs may also be required. Most of the time, traditional braces are adhered to the front of the teeth, but sometimes, depending on the treatment needs, these braces can also be put on the back of each tooth, becoming what is called lingual braces. There are a few different ways traditional braces can work, so be sure to discuss all treatment options carefully with your DHA orthodontist.
FAQ's and Resources
How To Handle An Emergency At Home
While things can break or poke you periodically, there are few real emergencies during the course of orthodontic treatment. Click on the link below for video assistance with pain, poking wire, sore teeth and broken brackets.
Loose band or brace: If a band (metal ring around the tooth) or brace comes loose, it is typically not a significant problem. Simply call our office and schedule an appointment to have it reattached to the tooth. If this happens in the evening or over the weekend, you can call on the next working day. Leaving the loose brace in place is preferred; however, if it is causing discomfort, wax can be placed on it. Or if necessary, you can remove the loose brace by clipping the arch wire with a fingernail clipper that’s been washed and disinfected with alcohol.
Wire irritation: Wires can sometimes shift or break during the course of treatment. If this should occur, call our office for an appointment. If after hours or on a weekend, you can try to bend the wire with a pencil eraser or place wax on the area causing irritation. Also, the wire can be clipped with a fingernail clipper that’s been washed and disinfected with alcohol.
How To Replace A Missing Separator
Click on the link below for video assistance.
What Foods Should I Avoid?
It is important to avoid chewing on pens and pencils or any other foreign objects. Try to limit consumption of foods and liquids that are high in sugar content.
Any sticky foods, including:
Caramel, gum, gummy bears, Tootsie Rolls & Starburst, taffy, etc.
Hard foods, including:
Hard candies, chewing on ice, crusty pizza & bread, corn chips, pretzels & popcorn, corn on the cob, jerky, etc.
How often should I brush my teeth with braces?
Oral hygiene is extremely important while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brushing after every snack and meal and flossing at least once a day are essential to achieving a beautiful smile.
Can I still play sports?
Yes! We recommend a mouth guard for most sports.
Do I need to see my regular dentist while I have braces?
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments.