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When Your Child Has Questions, We Have Answers

If your youngster’s orthodontist has determined that she (or he) needs braces, she’ll be undoubtedly curious about what awaits her once they’re on.

The office of Orthodontics, Inc. is proficient at diagnosing and treating all orthodontic issues, as well as providing the treatment needed to maintain excellent oral health. We take as much time as you and your child need to address your every concern and clearly explain your options in care.

Here’s some useful information you can share with her.

You’ll see the orthodontist every six to 10 weeks. He will assess the progress of your treatment, adjust your braces, or, if you have aligners, give you a new set.

Your treatment will last as long as the orthodontist believes is necessary to complete your orthodontic therapy. He’ll give you an estimate of the timeline.

Wearing braces occasionally causes discomfort, right after they’ve been put on or adjusted. But the tenderness doesn’t last long and is easily controlled.

If a bracket or wires becomes loose or you mislay an aligner, tell the orthodontist immediately so he can address the situation. Delaying the visit will extend your timeline.

If you want your braces taken off for a special event coming up, the chances are slim that he’ll agree to remove them and put them back on.

You’ll need to continue see your general dentist at least every six months. Keeping teeth clean while wearing braces poses challenges. The dentist will clean your teeth thoroughly and monitor your overall oral health.

You must avoid foods that are chewy, sticky, crunchy, hard, sugary and full of starch. Popcorn is especially troublesome. Instead, focus on fare that’s nutritious and easy to chew, such as eggs, pasta, soups, casseroles and stews. Cut apples, pears, pizza and sandwiches into small pieces. Avoid soda, fruit juices, sports drinks, flavored bubbly waters and energy drinks; they have tons of acids and/or sugars that can soften enamel, promote cavities and harm gums. Stick with milk and pure water.

As for aligners and eating, you can eat anything. But you must remove the aligners and clean your teeth before reinserting them. Remove the aligners while drinking anything but pure water.

It will be imperative to keep your aligners fresh and clean. Your orthodontist will give you cleansing instructions.

Orthodontics, Inc.’s team is made up of friendly, highly trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable and relaxed while receiving the very best in orthodontic care. For more information about Orthodontics, Inc. and how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.

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