Life With Braces

Is Better Than You Think

Having braces is much more comfortable than it used to be. That’s because brackets are smaller, orthodontic forces are lighter – and the team at Haltom Orthodontics is all about making your experience great. Many patients say they don’t experience any discomfort with the high-tech braces we use. For others, there can be some general tenderness after each appointment, but it doesn’t last long. Your teeth might feel a little loose (after all – they’re on the move) but that’s a good sign. If you do experience some discomfort, you can take some form of pain reliever (what you would normally take for a headache) during this time. Below are some helpful tips for braces care.


Helpful Tips

  • We recommend you use a soft bristled tooth brush with a small head. Electric and sonic tooth brushes are also great. Also, the water Flosser by Waterpick is a perfect accessory for patients during orthodontic treatment to clean in all the nooks and crannies and keep the gums healthy..
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
  • If you have eaten while away from home, use your interdental brush todislodge any food that may get caught around your braces.
  • Rinsing with water is another way to dislodge food from your braces, and to keep sugar from sitting on your teeth.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • We rcommend that you have a check up with your dentist every 6 months.

Eating With Braces

Here are Some Considerations

You’ve probably heard from friends and family members who have worn braces that you won’t be able to eat some of your favorite foods while you’re in treatment. That’s true - if your favorite food is hard candy:-).

Truth is - you can eat most anything as long as you avoid anything that might cause you to lose a bracket, break a wire, or get tangled up in goo. Here’s a simple, helpful guide to help you avoid any issues. Feel free to print this list out and put it up on the fridge.

FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES

  • Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum (sugar-free gum is okay)
  • Foods you have to bite into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies

FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES

  • Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
  • Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
  • Fruits — applesauce, bananas, sliced fruit, most berries (but watch out for seeds)
  • Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
  • Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
  • Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, cake

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Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time is different for every patient because everyone’s treatment is personalized. When you have your initial evaluation, we will be able to give you a very good idea of how long your treatment will take.

Do you use recycled braces?

No. We never reuse brackets or wires.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

We cannot move teeth that have not yet erupted. That’s why most orthodontic treatment occurs after the age of 12, when the second set of molars appear. However, baby teeth can be moved orthodontically in order to create the proper space for the adult teeth.

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

You’re never too old to get a healthy, beautiful smile with braces or clear aligners. In fact, over 25% of our patients are adults.

Does whitening damage teeth?

Whitening, or bleaching, of the teeth can cause damage if done too often. We offer two forms of whitening and will work with you to make sure you get the maximum benefit without causing damage to your teeth.

Life with Braces

Can I still play sports?

Yes, you can. There’s no reason for you to stop enjoying sports and other activities you enjoy during your treatment. However, we recommend wearing a special mouthguard, designed to “float” over your braces, any time your activity could result in you being hit in the face with a ball or any other form of contact to your face is possible.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Keeping your teeth clean is always important – and even more so while wearing braces. We recommend that you brush well every morning, before you go to bed and after every meal and snack.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Appointments

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

At your initial examination appointment, you will have the opportunity to share your treatment goals, meet our team and meet with one of our doctors. This appointment offers an excellent opportunity to get answers to your questions and find out what options are best for you.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

To schedule an initial exam you can call the office during normal business hours or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on the Patient Information Page and we will contact you to set up your appointment.

Cost and Financing

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? Do you accept insurance?

The investment required is dependent on the treatment that is prescribed. However, when you have your initial consultation we can give you specific information about your investment. We do offer payments plans to make your treatment affordable. While we do not accept direct payment from insurance carriers, we will work with you to help you maximize your benefits. As us about this when you have your consultation.