Help! I Have Crooked Teeth!

If you have crowded or crooked teeth, you may have been told you have a “bad bite.” Even if your teeth look straight, your upper and lower teeth may not fit together properly. Crooked teeth and bite problems can often be solved with orthodontic treatments like braces or aligners. There’s no need to live with the embarrassment of a crooked smile. Orthodontic treatments lead to a healthy, beautiful smile at all ages!

Why Do I Need Braces?

Not only can crowded or crooked teeth cause one to be embarrassed about their smile, but it can also cause tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. It’s important to fix issues like this before the problem of decay or disease arises, to prevent more extensive treatment from being needed.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

•   Braces: Braces move teeth by applying pressure. The braces often consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth and then connected by a wire or rubber bands. The wires are regularly tightened by your dentist or orthodontist to gradually shift your teeth and jaws. The brackets may be metal or tooth colored.
•   Aligners: Aligners are made of clear plastic or acrylic material and are worn over your teeth to straighten them. Each set of custom-made aligners is worn for a few weeks to a month. Then you get a new set for the next stage of your treatment. This way, your teeth are gradually moved into the correct position according to your treatment plan.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

No matter your age, it’s never too late to improve your dental health and your smile! Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic treatments like braces and aligners. Usually, an adult’s treatment takes a little longer than a child’s treatment, but you will still see the same beautiful results.

What to Expect

Most people wear braces or aligners for one to three years, depending on the corrections needed. After done with the treatment, you’ll wear retainers to hold the teeth in their new positions. A tiny bit of discomfort will be expected during treatment, but today’s braces are more comfortable than in the past.

Do’s and Don’ts of Braces
Do:
•   Keep your teeth clean when wearing braces. Brushing and flossing remove plaque. If plaque is not removed regularly it could lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
•   Replace your toothbrush every three months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. Worn toothbrushes won’t clean teeth properly.
•   Go to all of your orthodontic appointments. If you delay any adjustments, your treatment will take longer.
•   Keep visiting your regular dentist for cleanings and exams. Your dentist checks your teeth for loss of minerals in the enamel and decay. They will also look for gum disease and changes in the oral tissues.

Don’t:
•   Eat foods that could get stuck in your braces or bend wires. These foods include nuts, corn on the cob, popcorn, hard candy, ice, and sticky foods like chewing gum, caramel, or other chewy candy. Ask your dentist about which foods to avoid.
•   Eat too many sugary foods. This can lead to tooth decay around the brackets that could permanently stain or damage your teeth.
•   Play sports and active games without wearing a mouth guard. A guard can protect your mouth and jaw from getting hurt. Your dentist can suggest a proper mouth guard to wear with your braces.

Orthodontic treatment can seem long, but the results are 100% worth it! You won’t want to wait to show off your new, beautiful smile to everyone!

Call Wichita Family Dental at (316)630-9339 to schedule your orthodontic consultation today, you won’t regret it!