Metal braces have been used for decades to guide teeth into place, correcting cosmetic alignment and bite problems. They are glued onto the surface of your teeth, attached with wires, and tightened slowly to move your teeth into place.
The braces used at Impact Orthodontics provide a low-profile on your teeth and allow for coloured elastics to be placed when desired. Our patients in braces see us every 6 weeks for adjustment appointments and the special tools required for brushing and flossing will be provided to you the day your braces go on.
We will thoroughly discuss all the options available to you at our office and will be completely transparent about the pros and cons of different treatment methods to allow you to make the best decision possible for your individual lifestyle.
For the first few days after getting your braces on, your mouth may be sore, and you may have trouble chewing. Choosing soft foods that do not require a lot of jaw power when chewing are a good option since they are easy to eat.
Additionally, cold foods like popsicles or ice cream can help to ease the pain.
After getting braces on, there are some foods you may have to avoid and some eating habits you may have to modify. We will go over proper brushing and flossing habits to prevent cavities and stains with braces. You should also clean your teeth thoroughly after every meal and snack.
Specialized tools like a water flosser or interproximal brush can help to clean under the wires and around the brackets to remove any food particles that may have gotten stuck.
With braces, you will also have to avoid certain foods since sticky, chewy, or hard foods can damage your braces. These foods include:
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When going through orthodontic treatment, accidents can happen that may damage your braces. Serious orthodontic emergencies are rare, but if they do happen, we are here to help. The most common occurrences are minor issues where brackets or wires become loose.
If you experience an injury where you have hit your head or face and knocked out or broken teeth and we are not available, please call 911 to ensure you receive treatment and care right away or head to your nearest emergency dental clinic.
If your braces have become damaged and require repair, please contact us right away so we can schedule a visit for the next available appointment slot.
Although loose brackets, poking wire, or cracked retainers can be irritating, they do not pose an immediate risk. We will do our best to see you as soon as possible to fix your orthodontic appliance.
There is a possibility you will experience minor hiccups and issues during your journey to straighter teeth. To help keep you comfortable, we suggest trying one of these home remedies, which have been proven to provide temporary relief from minor discomfort.
However, these remedies are no substitution for actual treatment, so please give us a call so we can address the root of the problem.
After starting orthodontic treatment, your teeth and jaw will likely feel quite sore for the first few days. Eating softer foods can ease pain from chewing, and soreness can be temporarily alleviated using over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Braces can irritate the cheeks, lips, and tongue while your mouth gets used to the brackets and wires. Dental wax can be used to lessen discomfort.
Brackets are adhered to your teeth using a dental adhesive that is cured using a special blue light. If one of your brackets comes loose, it may need to be re-adhered. A loose bracket does not pose an immediate risk for damage to your teeth or your orthodontic treatment, but it should be addressed promptly. Do not try and adjust your brackets yourself as you may end up causing more harm than good.
Please give us a call so we can book an appointment for you to adjust your braces and fix whatever issue is causing you discomfort.
Bands are metal rings secured with an adhesive that anchor the braces to the back molars. If they become loose or slip off the tooth, do not try to put it back on yourself. Instead, please contact us when you can so we can reattach the loose band to your tooth as soon as possible.
If the wire on your braces breaks, it can poke the inside of your mouth and cause pain or irritation. Using tweezers to gently bend the protruding wire out of the way and placing a small amount of dental wax on the end of the wire can help prevent further irritation until you can get in for a repair appointment.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, please contact us as soon as possible. However, if you have sustained trauma or serious injury to the mouth, head, or neck, call 911 right away or proceed to your nearest emergency room.