Orthodontic (Braces)

Orthodontic (Braces)

bracesIf you or your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, it may be time to pay us a visit for a consultation!

There are a number of dental appliances used today. But braces are still the primary means for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites.


Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth and jaws to move them into a desired position.

Braces are made of materials such as:

  • Stainless steel
  • Ceramic
  • Plastic
  • Combination of materials

Do braces hurt?

“Hurt” may be too strong of a word. But you or your child may have some discomfort when braces are first put on, when they are adjusted, or when you start using a new appliance, such as rubber bands, coils or a headgear.

Any pain or discomfort can be relieved by taking pain killer. Also, if the wire, brackets, or bands irritate your child’s mouth, we provide special wax to cover the sharp areas on the braces.

What foods are off-limits for people who wear braces?

Braces are delicate. Breaking part of the appliance can result in the teeth moving in a wrong direction and results in prolonged treatment duration. Anything that is hard, sticky, or chewy should not be eaten, including:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy
  • Chewing gum
  • Chewy candy, like caramel
  • Gummies

What is the duration to wear braces?

The length of treatment varies. It depends on the problem, how well your child cooperates, and your child’s growth. Typically, most people wear braces from 18 to 36 months.

How long must a retainer be worn after completing an orthodontic (braces) treatment?

Ideally, after braces patients should wear a retainer forever, even if it is only one night a week. Of course, this may not be practical. The teeth are like the rest of the body and the body changes. Once you or your child stops wearing the retainer, slight changes to the teeth should be expected.