Braces Questions in Marysville & Plain City
This branch of dentistry specializes in diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial irregularities in teeth and jaws.
Dental specialists like Dr. Schweiss and Dr. Jusseaume receive an additional two to three years of training after dental school focusing exclusively on orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.
Orthodontists are specialists in treating problems with tooth alignment and malocclusions (bad bites) to improve the appearance and function of your teeth and smile.
Dr. Schweiss and Dr. Jusseaume and the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting by age seven, or sooner if a problem is detected. Early treatment may prevent major treatment later.
You should certainly continue to see your general dentist at least every 6 months for cleanings and dental check-ups.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, 20% to 25% of patients are adults.
Placement of braces can take 30-60 minutes depending on the number of braces being placed.
It depends on the difficulty and patient cooperation. New technologies, proper diagnosis, and treatment plans may reduce time. Comprehensive cases that require full braces typically range from 12 to 24 months.
Keep your appointments, follow doctor’s orders, care for your braces, and practice good oral hygiene to help finish on time, or even earlier.
Modern bands and brackets can minimize discomfort, but your mouth may be sore the first few days and for 1 or 2 days each time you are seen for an adjustment. If your pain doesn’t diminish, alert your doctor.
A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin or ibuprofen may help if taken an hour before your appointment as needed.
They may at first. A soft piece of wax (provided by your orthodontist) can be used to cover a brace or wire that may be causing it. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water often helps.
Yes! However, you should wear an orthodontic mouthguard for protection.
No, but there may be an initial adjustment period and possible need for a “brace cover” (such as a lump of soft wax) for a fixed time frame.
You will need to practice excellent oral hygiene since braces and wires attract more food. Brush with fluoridated toothpaste after every meal and before bed.
Flossing is also important to remove trapped food.
Please contact us as soon as you notice a loose or lost bracket. If this requires immediate attention, we will schedule you accordingly.
By notifying us before your next appointment, helps us prepare so we can replace your loose bracket at your earliest convenience.
The fact is that throughout your lifetime, even though you have had orthodontic treatment, you can expect changes in tooth position.
Many factors at work may cause teeth to shift. Such changes are different for everyone, and most of the time, they are hardly noticeable.
However, on occasion, changes can occur that are disappointing to both the patient and the orthodontist. Changes in tooth position are not a failure of your orthodontic treatment.
They are a natural process. We expect changes in our bodies as we grow older, and teeth are no exception.
To help control and limit these changes, retainers are prescribed after your braces are removed.