Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that corrects improperly positioned teeth and jaws. In other words, orthodontists help straighten protruding, crooked, or crowded teeth, teeth spaced too far apart, or excessive underbites or overbites.
Orthodontists have the knowledge and tools to treat all of the above issues and also have patience, as these alignment issues take time to address. Below are some examples of various orthodontic appliances that our office might recommend that you or your child wear while in orthodontic treatment. Continue reading →
You have finally made it! Your braces are off, but you are not home free yet! After braces there is always an orthodontic retainer. These removable devices complete the straightening process.
Retainers will help stop teeth from shifting back to their previous place after your braces come off. These retainers are custom made to fit your mouth, and are usually made out of acrylic with metal wires or plastic. You will probably be advised to wear a retainer full time for at least six months after your braces come off, and then at nights. But how long you wear it is really up to your orthodontist. Continue reading →
When braces or other orthodontics are first removed, most people feel a sense of freedom and relief. However, it is very important to maintain your oral hygiene routine after the braces have been removed. To maintain your new smile, a lifetime of good, preventative oral care will be required. If you choose not to follow oral care recommendations provided by orthodontist, or do not wear your retainer, your teeth can revert back to their original location.
Oral Hygiene – Maintaining a daily brushing and flossing routine is essential for a healthy mouth. Preventing tooth decay, bacteria and plaque buildup will reduce the chances that teeth will have issues in the future. A good oral hygiene routine will increase confidence and keep your smile beautiful. Continue reading →