Metal braces are the most common type and have been used to straighten teeth for centuries. Made of high-grade stainless steel and combined with elastic ties or bands to gently move teeth as prescribed, traditional metal braces can help create that perfect smile.
Another benefit: Lakeside Orthodontics can start your traditional metal braces treatment the same day you come in!
Damon braces are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. These braces use “self-ligating” technology, which means there’s no need for elastic ties. Damon braces gently shift teeth into the desired position and are often more comfortable—and sometimes work faster—than traditional metal or ceramic braces.
Ceramic or Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are less noticeable on the teeth because they’re either clear or tooth colored. Just as with traditional metal or Damon braces, ceramic brackets gradually realign your teeth to help perfect your smile. They’re popular with adults because they’re a bit more discreet than metal braces.
What foods should I avoid while I have braces?
There is really only a small list of food to avoid while wearing braces. This is to avoid damaging the brackets or to prevent food particles from becoming trapped between the brackets and wires. Food to avoid include:
- Chewy foods such as fruit leathers, beef jerky, or bagels
- Highly crunchy foods like raw carrots, chips, raw celery, and popcorn
- Sticky foods like caramel candy, licorice, and marshmallows
- Very hard foods like hard candy, hard breadsticks, or pizza crust
- Any food you have to bite into such as apples or corn on the cob. You can still enjoy these foods by slicing the apples or removing the corn from the cob!
How do I brush my teeth with braces?
- Before brushing, do a quick rinse with water. This will dislodge any food particles stuck between the wires or brackets.
- Brush beginning at the gum line, using a 45-degree angle of approach. As you move towards the brackets brush from both the top and the bottom, ensuring that the bristles reach under the wires and around the brackets. This process may take some extra time in the beginning, but once you are used to it, it will be routine for you.
- Follow up with a thorough flossing. You will need to use precise and careful flossing technique to make sure you do not dislodge or loosen the brackets or wires. Your doctor will help you how to perfect your flossing technique during your appointment.
Are braces painful? How do I ease the pain?
Generally, braces are not painful. However, you may feel a little sore or uncomfortable immediately after you first get them. This soreness is normal, and it will not last long.
A saltwater rinse can help relieve the soreness and inflammation. Dissolve a single teaspoon of salt in a full cup of lukewarm water and swish around your mouth for a few minutes. If soreness persists, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you experience lip, cheek, or tongue irritation in the weeks after getting braces, some wax can alleviate the problem quickly.
I’ve heard of Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs). What are they, and will I need them?
With severe bite problems and/or patients with missing teeth, orthodontists used to struggle with needing external anchor points to precisely control the adjustment of out of place teeth. The solution used to be unfortunate looking and inconvenient practices like headgear and external braces.
That is, until Temporary Anchorage Devices or TADs came along. Using an anchor attached to the jawbone, TADs eliminate the need for headgear and other uncomfortable treatments by providing an extra anchor point inside the mouth. They’re a safe and effective way to provide more exact orthodontic treatment for patients who need it—and not everyone does. Your Lakeside Orthodontics doctor will know whether TADs are right for you and can advise you about them during your consultation.
How long will I have to have braces?
The amount of time that you will need to wear braces varies, depending on several things, such as the severity of your bite problem. Most patients need to wear braces for 12 to 24 months, but this can be shorter or longer depending on your case. We’ll discuss this with you and give you a general idea of what you can expect.
After several months of wearing braces, we can measure progress more easily, and we can more accurately update you regarding how much longer you can expect to wear braces.
Can I get braces that are less noticeable?
Absolutely! One popular option for less noticeable braces is ceramic braces. Very similar to the traditional metal braces in that brackets and wires guide your teeth into the correct position, they’re more discreet. Instead of stainless steel, ceramic brackets are white or clear ceramic that blend in with your teeth.
How much do braces cost?
The cost of braces depends on which type of braces you choose, how long you will need treatment, and other factors unique to your case. Lakeside Orthodontics offers payment plans that can work with your budget and get you the orthodontic care you need.