Wednesday, November 26, 2014

4 Things You Must Do While Under Orthodontic Treatment with Braces

Once you decide to undergo orthodontic treatment you are making a commitment to achieving your best smile possible. Our goal here at Wentz Orthodontics is to help you every step of the way, from your first day to your last day of treatment. Along with our help you must also work just as hard to ensure you experience with braces is a pleasant process.

Here is what you'll need to do:

1. Avoid Certain Foods: Please do not eat hard foods, including nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, spare ribs, corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating) and popcorn! These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires.

2. Brush after Meals: Use a soft toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth in small circles above and below the brackets. Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it can leave a permanent white scar on the surface. A waterpik or an electric toothbrush can be a useful addition, however, please continue to see your dentist at least every 6 months for regular dental cleanings.

3. Don't Forget to Floss: Flossing with braces takes a few minutes to master, but the effort is well worth it. The first step to flossing is getting the floss under the wire that connects the braces together. A floss threader will help you get the dental floss underneath your archwires.

4. Wearing Your Elastics: Elastics are essentially rubber bands that are attached to brackets, usually between the upper and lower or front and back teeth, applying tension and causing teeth to move. Elastics can be used in many ways depending upon the treatment goals.Leave them in during snacking. Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately after meals and brushing. Part-time wear does NOT move teeth, but it does cause prolonged discomfort.

By following these simple instruction you are sure to have a positive experience with your braces. If you have any questions regarding braces treat please contact us today! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pick the Style for Your Smile

When deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment you are committing to obtaining a healthy smile. Your smile is an important part of you and we want to help you look your best. Braces not only change the alignment of your teeth, but braces can also affect your lifestyle  What you can eat and how you brush your teeth are just two of the changes that come along with braces. This is why at Wentz Orthodontics we want you to choose the best option for you. Yes, there is more than one option. The days of just traditional braces are long gone.

Traditional Silver Braces: Traditional braces are the most common out of all orthodontic appliances. Traditional braces consist of brackets cemented to the front surfaces the teeth, along with a metal wire to help guise the teeth in the proper position. There are many good reasons why traditional metal braces remain popular, because they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option.

Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces, like traditional braces, are attached to the front of your teeth. However, they are far less noticeable than traditional braces. The brackets are made out of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of your teeth. This method is often chosen by adults and celebrities looking for a discreet look.

Lingual Braces: Unique in form and unlike metal and ceramic braces, Lingual braces are attached behind the teeth. This allows the braces to be hidden when you smile. Lingual braces are not done by all orthodontist special training is required to install them. If you choose this type of braces treatment you must meet the condition requirements.

Invisalign: Invisalign braces are basically invisible. Invisalign alignment trays are created from molds of your teeth to giving you custom aligners. Unlike the other braces, Invisalign braces are removable. You can take out the aligners to do things like eat or brush your teeth, making this the most flexible option. This treatment plan requires you to get new aligners ever two weeks to move teeth into proper corrective position.

Dental advancements have allowed for these options to be available. Whether you choose traditional braces or Invisalign, our goal is always to make sure your experience throughout treatment is a great one. If you want to learn more about your options for braces treatment just give us a call and schedule an appointment today!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Welcome to Our Blog!

We would like to welcome our patients, their families and their friends to our new blog! We are excited to have an outlet to keep everyone informed on all of the new and exciting things happening at Wentz Orthodontics!
Within this blog, you will be able to find office news, contests and events, education information and all of the fun things that happen along the way. So be sure to check back often.

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