Traditional braces offer Dousman patients the option for straighter teeth and a more confident smile. While most patients get braces between the ages of 10 and 14, there is no age limit for braces. As long as you have strong and healthy teeth a straighter smile is always an option.
Common Reasons for Braces
Braces are administered by an orthodontist, a doctor who is part of a specialized field within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites and straightening teeth. While most people request braces for cosmetic reasons there are dental issues that can be fixed with braces treatment, including:
- Class II bites
- Under bites
- Spacing issues
- Open bites
- Impacted Teeth
Orthodontic work is highly personalized to each patient which means the average time for braces falls anywhere between 18 months to 3 years. Schedule an orthodontic consultation to learn if traditional braces are the right treatment for you.
Caring for Braces
- Brushing – food particles can easily become trapped between braces
- Rinsing – loosen foods stuck in and around your braces
- Flossing – between braces and under wires with waxed floss
Caring for your braces is vital to ensure they work. Broken braces can hurt your mouth and be expensive to repair. Even worse, any major breaks will slow down the straightening process. You might have to wear your braces longer if you don’t take care of them. A very bad break may require emergency dental treatment to repair.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
Eating the wrong foods with braces in can lead to damage and costly repairs. Our experienced dentists and orthodontists recommend avoiding the following foods while going through braces treatment:
- Sticky and chewy foods: dried fruits, caramel, taffy, corn on the cob and chewing gum
- Hard foods: nuts, ice, popcorn, beef jerky, ray apples and carrots
These types of foods can break the wires and loosen brackets, damaging your braces. Avoid these few foods for the duration of your braces is a small price to pay for a beautiful smile.