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Your Braces

Braces in general are much smaller, less painful, and much more fun than in the past. Great advances in technology have made braces and the wires that attach to them more patient and user friendly.

Proper oral hygiene is imperative while someone is wearing braces because tooth scarring can occur if teeth are not properly cared for. We will monitor your hygiene each visit, and discuss any problems we may see. It is also equally important that regular cleanings and checkups be maintained. Feel free to talk to us at any time if we can help you in any way.

General Guidelines for Braces:
    Give yourself plenty of time in the morning and at night. Carry the travel toothbrush provided so you are able to brush your teeth wherever you are. Make sure you continue to floss your teeth. Use floss threaders to guide it under, around and through your braces and wires.
  2. Minor tooth discomfort is normal for the first few days after you get your braces, and sometimes after adjustments.
  3. You will need to change your diet to softer foods for a few days. Pasta, eggs, soup, bananas and yogurt are all healthy choices. Make sure you are still getting nutrition from all the food groups.
  4. Avoid chewy and sticky foods, as well as hard foods. Keep in mind that even healthy foods like apples and carrots should not be bitten into with your front teeth. Instead, break or cut them, and chew them on your back teeth.
  5. Too many sweets will loosen the bond that we attached your braces with. This may delay your treatment. This includes sugary drinks such as pop/soda and fruit drinks. If you have something sweet, brush your teeth immediately after you are done. Remember, sugar and plaque will lead to tooth decay.
  6. Cheeks and lips may become irritated until they are accustomed to your new braces. Orthodontic wax will keep the area smooth until your tissues "toughen up". This usually happens the first few days after getting braces.
  7. As teeth move, the wire has to go somewhere, which may be out the back. You can use orthodontic wax to make it smooth until your next appointment, or give us a call and we’ll make arrangements to trim it for you, it only takes a second. Do not trim the wires yourself.

Functional Jaw Orthopedics

Functional Phases of Treatment

Early treatment of many problems is now possible using the "Functional Philosophy". We can begin treatment much earlier with small and fun appliances that will guide facial development much before all of the child’s permanent teeth come in. It is important to remember that 90% of a child’s facial growth is completed by age 12. By guiding facial development with functional appliances, 80% of the treatment can be corrected before the adult teeth are present!

Functional Appliances can correct and often prevent:
Bad Bites Thumb-sucking Habits Speech Difficulties
Underdeveloped Jaws Tongue Thrust Habits Ear Problems
Deep Overbites Grinding of Teeth Mouth breathing
Underbites Clenching of Teeth Headaches
Narrow Jaws & Smiles Removal of Adult Teeth Jaw Joint Problems
Crowding Fang Look Facial Asymmetry
Spacing Lengthy Use of Braces


Mouth Breathing

Mouth Breathing can cause narrow arches and unattractive smiles. By using functional appliances while children are actively growing, we can help them achieve a broad, beautiful smile. Mouth breathing can lead to orthodontic problems as well as other problems, such as lack of oxygen and poor sleep habits. This leaves children prone to daytime fatigue, an inability to concentrate in school, and headaches.

Airway Problems

Quite often the reason a child is mouth breathing is due to the fact that they have a blockage in their airway. This could be in the area of the adenoids, tonsils or nose and could be caused by allergies or an infection. Referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist may be indicated to resolve the problem so that growth is not affected.

Narrow Jaws

Narrow jaws can confine the tongue and interfere with normal speech. Crowded teeth may be caused by narrow jaws. By developing the jaws at an early age, we may prevent or eliminate crowding or even extractions of the permanent teeth.

Retruded Lower Jaws

Almost 50% of children who need treatment have an underdeveloped lower jaw. Functional appliances can reposition the lower jaw forward without surgery, improving the profile and correcting the overjet problem usually within 7-9 months.

Jaw Joint Problems

Many children with narrow jaws, deep overbites or receding lower jaws have unhealthy jaw joints. Some of the symptoms of a jaw joint problem include:
Headache Neck Pain
Dizziness Earaches
Fainting Clicking or Locking Jaw Joints
Difficulty Opening Jaw Ringing in the Ears

Source: D.O.C.S. Dynamic Orthodontic Consulting Services Ltd.

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