Most people who want their teeth straightened choose metal braces. These are made using high-grade stainless steel. The ones applied today are less noticeable, easier to tolerate and better looking than those in years past.
Ceramic braces are less noticeable than the modern metal braces since they are translucent in color, being made of clear material. Adults seem to like these best for cosmetic reasons. There is a drawback though in that the ceramic brackets are more fragile than the metal ones and the elastic ties do tend to become discolored between visits to the orthodontist.
The Invisalign® System
The Invisalign® System involves having a series of clear aligners made to fit over the patient’s teeth that gradually get adjusted to move the teeth into perfect alignment. A computer program generating a simulation determines the fit. Adult patients that have particular orthodontic bite issues can benefit from this system. Ask your Chamberlain Orthodontics orthodontist in Redlands if Invisalign would work for you.
The Invisalign® Teen System
Invisalign® Teen has now been introduced to help teenagers avoid wearing metal braces which can make them look unattractive on their Facebook profile, not to mention in their yearbook photo. This straightening system involves having clear aligners, which are virtually invisible, fit over your teeth so no one needs to know you are having your teeth straightened. Because they are removable you can eat whatever you want. You can also brush and floss your teeth as normal, which helps keep your gums and teeth healthy. They are more comfortable to wear since there are no wires or brackets to irritate the inside of your mouth.
The Damon® Bracket System
Dr. Dwight Damon invented Damon® Braces which utilize brackets with “self-ligation” technology, similar to a sliding door, which enables the wire to move back and forth between the brackets. With these braces you do not need any elastic or stainless steel ties so there is less friction, making these much more comfortable to wear. With this system the treatment time can be reduced along with the number of visits to Chamberlain Orthodontics in Redlands for adjustments.
Damon® Clear™ provides the patient with a completely clear orthodontic appliance that comes with the low-friction comfort and advantages of self-ligation technology. With this system the patient can enjoy the aesthetically pleasing appearance everyone asks for. Those who have selected this orthodontic method have been satisfied beyond their expectations in both functionality and looks. Damon Clear was developed with patient comfort as the top priority. The brackets are customized for optimum reliability and have proven to be sturdy and not at all prone to discoloration.
Aligners have the look and feel of clear retainers, but built into them is a tooth correction so they can gradually move the teeth into alignment. What Chamberlain Orthodontics will do is make you a number of aligners, each one designated to be worn for a certain amount of time before moving on to the next one in the series. Each aligner will initially feel tight when first put on, but as you wear them they become more comfortable because your teeth are moving, correcting your alignment. This is a great solution for patients with fairly straight teeth that only needing a minor correction.
Call Chamberlain Orthodontics in Redlands to schedule an initial consultation to determine which orthodontic treatment will best meet your needs.
Eating with Braces
Initially you may feel a general soreness in your mouth. Your lips, tongue, and cheeks may be irritated for 1-2 weeks as they toughen and become more accustomed to the surface of the braces. You may need to put wax on some areas to alleviate the irritation. Your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for 3-5 days. Mild discomfort can be relieved by rinsing with a warm salt water mouthwash, which is made by dissolving one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Severe discomfort can be further reduced with Advil or Motrin. You will want to stick to soft foods and liquids for the first few days.
A list of foods to avoid throughout the duration of your treatment is provided below:
• Chewy foods (e.g. bagels, licorice)
• Crunchy foods (e.g. popcorn, ice, chips)
• Sticky foods (e.g. caramels, gum)
• Hard foods (e.g. nuts, carrots)
Additionally, avoid foods that you have to bite into (e.g. corn on the cob, apples). Any damage to braces or appliances will be costly and delay treatment.
Brushing with Braces
It is more important than ever to brush and floss regularly so that your teeth and gums remain healthy following orthodontic treatment. Failure to do so during will result in frequent visits to the dentist for professional cleanings. Adults with a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
Experiencing Loosening of Teeth and/or Wires
Do not be alarmed if your teeth feel loose. In fact, loosening of teeth is to be expected throughout treatment because teeth must loosen before they can become fixed in their new—and correct—positions. On occasion, wires may become loose. In the event of irritation due to a protruding wire, use a blunt instrument (e.g. back of a spoon) to gently push the wire back under the arch wire. You may also need to put wax on the wire to reduce irritation. Call immediately to schedule an appointment to have the wire repaired.
Taking Care of Appliances
To successfully and efficiently complete treatment, the patient must wear rubber bands and/or other appliances consistently and as prescribed. Any negligence or damage to appliances will lengthen the course of treatment.
Participating in Athletics
If you are an athlete at any level, it is important that you speak with us about taking special precautions. We will provide a protective mouthguard for those patients who participate in contact sports. In the event of an athletic accident involving the face, be sure to check your braces and/or appliances. If there is any damage, immediately call to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.
We offer emergency phone consultation to existing patients, please call us anytime (909) 793-2791