Modern Braces: An Attractive Option
Braces are smaller than in the past, more comfortable and even come in clear! For clear braces, we offer Damon Clear, the most visually esthetic bracket ever designed. You may also have your choice of dozens of colored “alastics” that hold the teeth-straightening wire.
Braces now provide much more gentle forces than in years past which are applied over a period of time. Coincidentally, that’s is how teeth are most efficiently moved. These gentle adjustments decrease the number of appointments and the shorten your time in braces as well!
I never thought, when I got braces, that I would ever do something in my life like this. Every time I see a picture of myself, I’m so glad I didn’t wait any longer to get orthodontic treatment!Miranda
Braces or Invisalign?
Answering the question of which treatment is best for you, your child or teen will require consideration of several factors, including: dental issues and personal preference.
Both Invisalign and Braces have great benefits, and the best way to make a choice is to become informed about your options.
We have written an article below that talks about the different features of both Invisalign and braces.
What Happens at the Orthodontic Consultation?
Consultations at our office are always at no charge to you. It is our intention during this visit to:
- get oriented and acquainted with our office so you are more comfortable in your surroundings.
- get acquainted with our practice philosophies. We give you the scoop on WHY we do things that way we do!
- perform a thorough examination to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed.
- discuss flexible payment options that fit your lifestyle.
- listen to all of your questions and concerns.
Let’s face it, Orthodontics can be complicated! Getting answers and guidance can help you make the most educated decisions possible.
What Initial Records Are Taken?
In order for us to determine whether or not orthodontic treatment is needed, and if so, what treatment plans would be most beneficial to you, we will gather the following diagnostic records:
- X-rays (Note: we use the latest digital technology to minimize any radiation exposure to all Patients!)
- Clinical Findings
Sometimes everything looks great “to the eye” but x-rays can uncover other areas of concern. Once we analyze the x-rays, if we determine there are issues worth addressing, we immediately begin putting together a treatment plan to discuss with you.
Does Insurance Cover Orthodontics?
If your dental insurance has an orthodontic benefit available, we are happy to file your claims for you. It’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider on the details regarding what benefits you are entitled to.
Treatment Plan for Teens and Adults
Because no two people (or smiles) are identical, we create a treatment plan specifically designed to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Any options that you have will be fully explained, and all questions clearly answered. If any coordination with other dental professionals will be needed, this will be fully explained as well.
Treatment Plan for Children
For young children ages 6-11, or before all the permanent (adult) teeth are in place, the treatment plan is usually to monitor growth and development and see periodically every 6-12 months for a check-up.
If the concerns are significant, treatment may be recommended at this age to “set the stage” for later treatments. We will carefully coordinate these future treatments as timing certain treatments during development can be critical. As we explain the details with the different options that you will have, the more questions you ask, the better.
It not unusual or uncommon for your first active treatment to be scheduled on the SAME DAY as the Initial Consultation if you so desire. It requires an additional 30-60 minutes with one of our talented Team Members to either place braces or scan for Invisalign (if it’s an appropriate treatment choice).
Your first visit is so important because it means that you have officially taken action towards a brighter smile and more confident you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about your first visit we would love to hear from you!
You can contact us by calling (701) 255-1311, TOLL-FREE (800) 732-3768 or sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our team will get back to you as quickly as possible! Oh yeah, we do Facebook and Twitter if you are into social media too!
Changes in Braces Technology
Initial process for Braces (Banding Day)
Putting on braces
The process starts out by polishing the teeth that will be having brackets placed on them. We want those teeth to be squeaky clean so that the bracket will stick!
Next we will place retractors to hold lips and cheeks away from teeth. These retractors are painless and help spread your lips a bit so we can see your teeth, keep them dry and work faster.
After the polishing, green gel tooth cleaner is placed on the teeth for about 30 seconds. This gel super cleans your teeth to get your teeth fully ready to place the brackets. This gel tastes a little sour, so we will get everything rinsed very well before we proceed.
Next your teeth are dried with a burst of air. Once we have them dry we will place a suction device in your mouth to aid in keeping teeth dry and so that you don’t have to swallow so much while we are putting the brackets on.
Then, a liquid primer is placed on teeth with a small brush. We will apply a thin coating on each tooth that will have brackets on them. This will better prepare the tooth to stick to the bracket glue.
Dr. John will now begin to place the brackets on your teeth. This part of the process will go very quickly and you wont feel a thing. Once the Dr places a bracket, he will scrape off any excess glue from around the bracket and immediately move on to the next tooth.
Next we will shine a blue ultraviolet light on each bracket to dry the glue. There is no heat used in this process. The special light will help harden the glue quickly so the brackets make a nice bond with your teeth.
Once the glue is dry, we will remove the suction device and retractors so you can take a peek at your new smile!
If you have chosen metal brackets, now comes the fun part. You will then pick what color you would like on brackets. You will be able to change colors every time you are in for an appointment, if you wish! You can follow the seasons, school colors, or just your favorite colors. Go ahead, get creative!
Now is the time to place the wires into the brackets and secure them into place using the colored elastic you have chosen. We will first trim the wires to fit into each bracket, making sure to custom trim the wires so that there is nothing poking your mouth.
Once we finish trimming the wire, that’s it! You now have braces!
Braces aftercare basics
Now comes the very important pep talks and information about taking care of your new smile!
You will receive a special “survival kit” complete with all of the tools you need to take great care of your new braces. We will demonstrate how to use each of the pieces of equipment in the bag and answer any questions that you might have.
Discussing brushing/flossing: We are going to ask that you brush after every meal and before you go to bed. Pay special attention to the gum-line area as this is the easiest place to forget! Floss your teeth 1x day using the floss threaders to string the floss under your wire.
How to use the wax in your kit. Sometimes your lip or cheek may get sore from rubbing on the brackets or wire. Like getting new shoes, sometimes there is an adjustment period. If you have a sore spot, place wax on the bracket that is bothering you. This will cushion it and once your lip gets accustomed to the brackets, you will rarely use the wax.
You will be shown how to use the bite wafer. It might feel good for you to chew on the bite wafer as it feels soothing to bite down on.
We will then discuss foods to eat and what to avoid. Basically, you will want to avoid hard and sticky food:
- Stay away from caramel, gum, Laffy Taffy, Skittles, etc.
- Don’t bite into apples or carrots. When eating these, please cut them into small pieces first to avoid having to bite into them.
- You can bite into hamburgers, hot dogs, soft tacos, sandwiches, anything that is not hard.
Pop and sour candy has a lot of sugar and acid in it. This can actually change the enamel on your teeth by making it weaker and more susceptible to decay. This can also leave white marks on your teeth. Please limit the amount you eat and drink and be sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth well to avoid any problems.
It feels funny at first, but the sooner you get used to it the better!
Generally we see you back every 6-8 weeks depending on what the doctors recommend for you. At these follow up appointments, the assistant will welcome you, check your braces, and get ready for the Doctor. Dr. John or Dr. Warford will then come to see you and adjust the wires as needed, add any brackets if necessary, and discuss how your treatment is progressing, answering any questions you may have. These appointments will be approximately 30-40 minutes in length.
Here is what to expect during those follow-up appointments: When you come for your appointment, check in on the screen at the front desk and the next available assistant will come and get you.
If you need to brush your teeth, please feel free to go to the tooth brushing area and get that done prior to the assistant coming to get you.
The assistant will bring you back and make sure your braces are still intact on your teeth. If you have any loose brackets, she will then prepare the bracket that needs to be re-bonded when the doctor comes in to check.
The doctor will then check your progress and let the assistant know what needs to be done.
There are several different sizes and shapes of wires that we will go through during your treatment. Some wires will stay in place for several months and some will be changed every time you come in.
Once you and the doctor are happy with the appearance and bite of your teeth, we will schedule your removal appointment! (see The Big Day! below)
Oral Hygiene and Dental Visits
Be sure you closely follow all oral hygiene instructions! As we discussed at your initial appointment, braces make it harder to clean your teeth, so you have to be extra diligent at cleaning. Everyone is different, some people have to work much harder than others at keeping their teeth clean so no decalcification (white spots) start to show up from a lack of plaque removal. We take oral hygiene so seriously, we will check and score your hygiene at each appointment. Mom’s and Dad’s – you’re always welcome to ask about your child’s hygiene status, and we will certainly let you know if we are concerned.
Speaking of cleaning, we only “clean” your teeth at the first and last appointments, and not quite like your dental hygienist does, We also don’t check for cavities like your family dentist does, so it’s critical to keep up with regular dental check-ups during your orthodontic treatment.
What are Elastics?
There are times when the doctors may ask you to wear ‘elastics’ to aid in the correction of your bite or speed up your tooth movement. This is time for “Patient participation”, because they won’t work unless you wear them! Closely following the prescribed directions is the number one way you can keep your treatment on time. Wear them as directed unless you are eating or there is a special event you are attending. They are easily put in, removed, and are the easiest and most comfortable way to fix your bite.
Oops, a bracket popped off!
There is a chance that once in awhile may come unglued from your tooth (on average, less than 3 for the whole treatment time for most Patients). Usually this is because you may have accidentally bitten on something hard, and will not have an effect on treatment progress unless you’re nearing the end. When this happens please contact us at the office or visit our support page and we will be happy to get you in to repair it.
What's that pokey wire in the back?
Usually a long wire out the last bracket means the teeth are moving well (a straight wire is shorter than a crooked wire) If this happens after hours or on the weekend and is bothering you, you can clip the wire or place wax (in your startup kit) on the wire to cushion it for your lip and cheek.
The Big Day!
Once your teeth are properly aligned and everything is aligned perfectly, it’s time to remove your braces! This appointment takes approximately 60 minutes.
- The doctor will remove the braces and glue from your teeth
- Impressions will be taken for the manufacture of your retainers, and final records will be taken.
- You will then come back about 2 hours later to pick up your custom retainers and we will go over their use and care. This appointment will take about 10-15 minutes. We will then see you back in 3-6 months for a retainer check and back again as needed. We’re always happy to see you!
Top 5 questions after starting Braces
Hear what real Warford Orthodontics Patients are saying about Braces
Everyone is so friendly and great at what they do. They have a way of making you feel comfortable with their easy going attitudes and confident in the orthodontic treatment you are receiving because of their knowledge and professionalism.
First class orthodontic experience.Bob
Every staff member in every department is professional and a joy to encounter. I walk out of my appointments happy. As an “adult” ortho Patient with hesitations from a not so great prior experience elsewhere, I’m thoroughly impressed with how well the treatment has gone and am anxious to see the end result. I would recommend to anyone and when my kids are ready, they will become Warford Orthodontics Patients as well.Kelli
More than a great smile – Confidence
Whether at home, work or in social settings, your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. You notice your smile as well! When you feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your teeth, it shows in your smile and how you interact with others. The transformation of a smile is often a life-changing experience.
We have the privilege of watching the smiles of our Patients transform during the course of their treatment. At the time of the initial consult, some are even hesitant to smile for clinical photos. These are the very same Patients who share wonderful gains in self-confidence and satisfaction in their personal and professional lives. At the end of the transformation, the constant, underlying concern about their smile is gone–and replaced by a beautiful smile that reflects their beauty and confidence.