Your Guide To Braces
What Types Of Braces Do You Offer?
At Elevation Orthodontics, Dr. Brice offers a variety of options for braces, including:
- Traditional metal braces
- Clear ceramic braces
- Gold braces
- LightForce custom brackets
These different types of braces for adults in Nashville, TN, are designed to help improve the look and function of your smile by correcting issues with alignment, spacing, and bite. Because each type has its own benefits and drawbacks, it is important to consult with Dr. Brice to determine which option is best suited to your specific needs and goals. Ultimately, the right choice will depend on factors such as your lifestyle, budget, and treatment timeline.
If I Get Braces, How Long Will I Have Them On?
The length of time you spend in braces depends on how you respond to treatment and the severity of issues needing correction. At your initial exam, our team can give you an accurate timeline of treatment and discuss potential options to accelerate treatment times. Typically, treatment lasts around 1-2 years, however, more mild cases focused on aesthetics can take less time.
Do Braces Hurt?
As your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth adjust to your new braces, you may experience some minor discomfort for a couple of days. However, this pain should not be severe and can be relieved by taking your usual over-the-counter pain reliever.
Do I Need To Brush My Teeth More Often With Braces?
Brush your teeth at least twice each day while wearing braces to maintain your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Brushing on a regular basis will aid in the removal of any food that may become trapped between your braces. You should also floss every day to get in between your braces where your toothbrush cannot. Once your braces are in place, our team will show you some tips and tricks for how to brush and floss properly.
Do I Need To See My Dentist With Braces?
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important for people who are getting braces to see their dentist regularly. When you have braces, food can get stuck in places your toothbrush can’t reach. This makes bacteria grow, which can cause tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist and Dr. Brice will work together to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and clean while you have braces.
How Can I Keep My Teeth Healthy While I Have Braces?
- Remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure you’re using fluoride toothpaste on the regular, and if you’re wondering if a fluoride rinse is necessary, talk to your dentist or Dr. Brice. In other words, this will help keep your teeth cavity-free!
- After treatment, it’s important to remember to take proper care of your retainer by removing it for meals and then replacing it in its case to prevent it from getting misplaced or broken.
- You should also clean your retainer daily by cleaning it softly with a toothbrush and lukewarm water. Keep in mind that you should never put your retainer in the dishwasher or hot water.
- During your orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you avoid eating foods that are high in sugar. This is because sugar promotes the growth of bacteria in the mouth, which in turn increases plaque and, perhaps, cavities.
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods like caramel, gum, and gummy bears. You should also avoid hard foods, such as hard candy, nuts, and ice cubes, and anything else that could become stuck in your braces should be avoided (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
- Maintain regular visits to your family dentist for cleanings and exams.