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Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic problems can result from genetic or environmental factors.
Common problems include:
- Crooked teeth
- Rotated teeth
- Misaligned bites
- Improper jaw function
Patients of all ages have experienced dramatic results and a better quality of life from orthodontic treatment. So ask your dentist about orthodontics for you or your child today!
Let’s Straighten Some Teeth!
Rodeo Dental and Orthodontics offers different types of braces for patients who require them.
Traditional braces are made of stainless steel brackets and wires. They are generally the least expensive choice for patients and are still the most popular form of treatment.
Modern versions actually have much smaller brackets and wires, and offer optional colored bands that are fun for kids and teens. Talk to your dentist about ways to customize them to your personality!
Clear braces function just like braces but are made of tooth-colored ceramic or plastic, making them less noticeable.
Clear braces are generally more expensive than braces, and can also stain easily if the patient doesn’t properly care for them. But many people enjoy them for their aesthetic qualities that make having traditional braces less obvious.
Invisalign® is a clear, removable alternative to traditional braces. The treatment uses a series of custom-made “aligners” that move the teeth slowly, and it is very effective at treating some of the most common orthodontic issues found in teens and adults.
Each aligner is worn for about two weeks at a time. They are very comfortable, nearly invisible, and can be removed for eating or brushing. Average treatment time is about one year.
- Step OneStep 1
To diagnose patients and determine a proper treatment program, the dentist will:
- Take photographs of your face and mouth
- Take x-rays of your teeth and jaw
- Make dental impressions of your teeth and gums
All of these procedures are completely painless and can be done in a single office visit. Once complete, your dentist can create a treatment plan that’s just right for you!Step TwoStep 2
The dentist will create an individualized treatment plan based on your initial examination, x-rays, and dental impressions. He or she may discuss Invisalign as a treatment option at this time (not all patients qualify).
If braces are required, the dentist will place them on your teeth and give you instructions for proper care.Step ThreeStep 3
You will need to visit the office regularly during the course of treatment to have your braces adjusted and checked for broken or loose wires and bands.Step FourStep 4
When your teeth have reached the desired position, the dentist will remove the braces and clean your teeth.Step FiveStep 5
In most cases, you will need to wear a retainer following treatment to help hold teeth in their new position and ensure long-term results.All Finished!All Done!
And that’s it! You will be rewarded with straight, beautiful teeth that are less prone to dental problems and will have you smiling for a lifetime.
Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontics treatment can correct crooked teeth, misaligned bites, and other jaw function problems. Dentists who perform orthodontics have received an additional two to three years of specialized training.
Orthodontic problems can result from a variety of genetic or environmental factors. Your dentist will be able to determine your specific causes after a diagnostic examination.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be checked for orthodontic problems around the age of seven. But any age is a great age to begin orthodontic treatment!
Absolutely! About one in five orthodontics patients are over the age of 21. Teeth can be moved at any age, so there is no better time than now to start your treatment program!
Braces can cause discomfort for a few days after they are placed on the teeth, and any time the wires are adjusted. This usually resolves quickly.
Yes, certain foods can break brackets and wires. Avoid sticky or chewy foods (like taffy, caramel, and chewing gum), hard foods (like apples, hard candy, nuts, and carrots), and foods that can get stuck (like corn on the cob, popcorn, soft bagels, and ribs). Also avoid chewing on ice.
No. Sometimes other types of orthodontic treatments can resolve minor issues. Talk to your dentist about your treatment options.
The average treatment time is 6 months to two and a half years. The time will vary depending on the severity of the problems. Your dentist will provide more information when he or she discusses your treatment plan.
Yes! Newer alternatives like clear braces or Invisalign® help make treatment much less noticeable. Talk to your dentist about your options!
Even though you will be visiting the office regularly to have your appliances adjusted, you will still need to keep your regularly scheduled cleanings. In fact, it is even more important for orthodontics patients to get their teeth cleaned regularly! Cleanings help remove plaque buildup around the brackets and decrease the likelihood of staining and decay.
Braces do not prevent you from doing the things you love! You may find a small period of adjustment after you get your new braces, but they typically do not interfere with wind or brass instruments. Mouthguards are recommended for contact sports to help protect your mouth.
Soft tissues can become more susceptible to infection during pregnancy. Talk to your OBGYN or healthcare provider about beginning orthodontic treatment while pregnant.
Caring For Your Dental Appliances
Your dentist will fully explain how to care for your teeth and dental appliances. But here are some good tips to remember!
Tips for Braces
- Keep your braces clean! The brackets, wires, and bands can attract food and plaque, so make sure to brush your teeth and braces well.
- Brush after every meal and make sure to remove any food that may have gotten stuck in the brackets or wires.
- Continue to floss your teeth even while you are wearing braces. Ask your dentist to show you how to maneuver the floss around the wires.
- Avoid sticky or chewy foods (like taffy, caramel, and chewing gum), hard foods (like apples, hard candy, nuts, and carrots), and foods that can get stuck (like corn on the cob, popcorn, soft bagels, and ribs). Also avoid chewing on ice.
- Be sure to wear specially designed mouthguards when playing any sport that might cause you to get hit in the mouth.
Tips for Retainers
- Always remove your retainer when you eat, drink, or brush your teeth.
- Keep your retainer in its protective container when it is not in use.
- Rinse your retainer in cold water and brush it every time you brush your teeth.
- Never expose your retainer to hot water, which can melt it.
- Beware of pets! They like to chew on retainers.
- Keep your retainer out of direct sunlight or heat.
- Retainers may be soaked daily or once a week in a denture cleaner, but never soak a retainer in mouthwash or peroxide.