Orthodontic & Dental Braces Treatments

We do Early Orthodontic, Interceptive Braces and Teenage Orthodontic & Brace Treatments as well as Orthodontic & Brace treatments for Adult patients at Star Smile Dental Center. Orthodontic treatment helps to improve the appearance of your smile and ensures the health of your teeth and gums.

Procedure for Dental Braces Treatment

  • First Evaluation and diagnosis
    • Medical records are made.
    • An appropriate treatment plan is made based on analysis of the gathered information.
    • An impression of your teeth and jaw is taken.
  • Fitting of braces –
    • The braces are placed on with bands that applies the forces required to align teeth
  • Checkup visits are made to adjust your braces on monthly basis.
  • Retainers usually need to be worn during night time after braces are removed to prevent relapses.


Recovery Expectations after Orthodontic and Braces Treatment

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with pain medication.

While you are wearing braces, please avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get caught between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat; the sugar can cause tooth decay and other related problems.


Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid

  • Gum (sugar-free or regular)
  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Minimize Sugary Foods Like:

  • Cake
  • Ice Cream
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy

Only Once a Day:

  • Soda
  • Sweetened tea
  • Gatorade
  • Kool-Aid
  • Drinks with sugar

 

We encourage patients to quit bad habits, such as fingernail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects. All of these activities can break or damage your braces.
It's important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to arrange a repair appointment. .

 

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