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Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. It is never too late to have orthodontic work done. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment. Thirty percent of our orthodontic patients are adults.
How do braces work?
Braces use constant gentle force to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main parts. When the archwire is tied into the brackets, it has memory and tries to return to its original shape and applies light pressure to move your teeth.
How long do I have to wear braces?
The length of time spent in braces can vary depending on the severity of the problem and the complexity of the treatment. Every person responds differently to treatment. Treatment time can take anywhere between 6 to 30 months; however, most treatments take about 20 months.
What are Phase I and Phase II treatment?
Phase I (early interceptive treatment), is limited orthodontic treatment to correct orthodontic problems during early mixed dentition, before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of seven and ten. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, and underbites, or harmful oral habits. Some appliances used during Phase I treatment include expanders, bite plates, habit appliance, facemasks, headgear, and partial braces. Phase I treatment typically lasts between 6-9 months. Phase II (comprehensive treatment) involves full braces when all of the remaining permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of eleven and thirteen and treatment typically lasts 18-22 months
How can I take care of my teeth when I have braces or a retainer?
You should always brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. It's important that you visit your dentist every 6 months for routine dental check up and cleaning. If you wear a retainer, you need to remove your retainer when you are eating. Always remember to keep the retainer safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken. You can keep your retainer clean by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste with cold water. You may also use denture cleaner twice a week as needed. During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth causing more plaque and possibly cavities). Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes. pretzels) or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, bagels, ribs, taffy, etc).
Do braces hurt?
You may feel some soreness for a couple of days right after braces are initially placed, and after each adjustment visit. Soft diet and warm salt water rinse can often minimize the discomfort during these few days