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BRACES

About Braces

Components


All types of braces consist of brackets and wires. The brackets are placed on your teeth with a special adhesive and then a member of our general orthodontic team at Bathurst College Dentistry runs an arch wire through them. This wire guides your teeth into position.




Modern


Before you start imagining a mouthful of metal, you should know today’s braces are nothing like they used to be. At Bathurst College Dentistry we use braces that are small, esthetic, and efficient. Even the metal versions have seen design improvements. The reason braces remain so popular, is that they work well on a wide variety of cases and for patients of all ages.




Fixed Orthodontic Appliances


Braces are fixed orthodontic appliances, which means they stay put throughout your treatment. They use steady, gentle pressure to straighten your teeth and align your bite.





Quick Timeline Of What To Expect

Consultation


You can visit our Bathurst College Dentistry office for your free consultation and you will get to meet the awesome Bathurst College Dentistry team. We will examine your mouth, and do a quick assessment. Our team will determine your diagnosis and the best course of treatment. We will also answer any questions so you can make an informed decision. Financial options are discussed during this consultation.




Records Appointment


Detailed orthodontic exam. We complete digital radiographs (x-rays), and a digital scan of your teeth, and we take photographs. Financial agreements are confirmed and signed with down payment applied to account.




Get Your Braces Put On


Now the fun starts. This part is pain-free and there are no needles involved. The team will simply attach the brackets to your teeth with special glue. A team member will place the archwires and if you want to wear colored elastics, you can choose your favorite shades. The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Once it is complete, we will explain how to care for your new braces, and you will be on your way.




Adjustments


Every 3 weeks, you will visit us for a follow-up appointment. The team will check on your progress and adjust accordingly, bringing you one step closer to your fresh, new smile. Every single time you visit Bathurst College Dentistry ® we will meet with you, answer your questions, and keep you updated so that you are confident about your treatment. For kids and teens, we always make sure parents or guardians know exactly what is going on.




Get Your Braces Taken Off


Yay, your teeth are straight. You will visit our office for bracket removal. Using special tools, our team will take off your brackets and wires, which also does not hurt. Once your teeth are polished, you will get to admire your amazing new smile.




Retainer Time


Lastly, we fit you with a custom retainer and provide you with aftercare instructions and best practices.





Types Of Braces

Self-Ligating Braces


We use self-ligating braces at Bathurst College Dentistry and you can choose between the ceramic or metal versions to suit your style. The brackets on these braces have a door that holds the lightweight memory wires in place. They do not require ligatures (elastic or metal ties) and the wire moves on its own along with the teeth. They work more quickly than traditional braces and you will have fewer office visits. Since they decrease the amount of friction, they are also amazingly comfortable.




Metal Braces


With smaller, more streamlined brackets and high-tech wires, self-ligating metal braces, which are made from stainless steel, are a great choice for kids, teens, and adults.




Ceramic Braces


Our clear self-ligating brackets are made from a translucent ceramic material that blends right into the teeth, so they are a lot less noticeable than their metal counterparts. Their cosmetic appeal makes them popular with teens and adults.





What To Eat With Braces?

Sensitivity


After you get your braces put on, and sometimes following adjustments, your teeth might be a little sensitive but that does not mean you have to change your diet.




Here are a few items we suggest adding to your grocery shopping list:


Applesauce Fish Chicken Mashed potatoes Pasta (spaghetti and macaroni and cheese). Soft shell tacos Soup Yogurt Non-Whitening Toothpaste Listerine or Crest Pro-Health Rinse NOTICE Try not to bite into food, like raw apples and carrots or bagels, with your front teeth. Instead, cut everything into bite-size pieces. To avoid damaging your braces or pulling out your spacers, stay away from sticky foods such as Starburst, Skittles, gum (even sugar-free) and taffy.





Brushing & Flossing

Follow these tips to keep your smile dazzling:


Since you will have some extra nooks and crannies with your brackets and wires, you will need to pay extra attention to your oral hygiene. It is important to note that a clean and healthy mouth can ward off tooth decay, stains, and gum disease.

Brush after each meal for a minimum of two minutes each session. An electric toothbrush is recommended. Brush teeth with a non-whitening toothpaste, brush with small, circular motions around your braces and along your gum line (where your teeth and gums meet). Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth and around your back molars. Use the proxy brush provided to get any areas you missed between your braces. Floss daily, preferably at night, using dental floss or orthodontic flossers to remove plaque and food particles. Rinse with Listerine or Crest Pro Health mouthwash twice a day for 60 seconds to kill germs. We recommend a mouthwash with fluoride. Be gentle with your braces and leave the adjustments to us. See you at your next scheduled visit to Bathurst College Dentistry.




Sensitive Teeth


If your teeth are feeling sensitive after getting your braces put on or following an adjustment, stick to soft foods and cold drinks for a day or two. You can also take Ibuprofen to assist with pain relief (Be sure to follow the instructions on the package). Additionally, gargling with saltwater can be soothing. Mix one tablespoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water and swish away.




Irritation


It can take a little while for your mouth to get used to braces and lip and cheek irritation may occur. Use your saltwater gargle and place dental wax on any bothersome brackets or wires. Irritation should resolve on its own but if it does not contact us at 416 925–0154.




Broken Bracket


If the bracket is in the back of your mouth, slide it off the wire and use nail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol to carefully clip any excess wire. If the bracket is in the front or middle of your mouth, dry it off with a piece of tissue, roll a little bit of dental wax into a ball and place it on the bracket to stop any irritation. Call us at 416 925–0154 so we can let you know if it needs to be refitted or you can wait until your next appointment.




Poking Wires


If a rogue wire starts poking into your cheek and causing discomfort, use the eraser end of a pencil or a cotton swab to try to move it out of the way. Dry the wire with a tissue and place dental wax over it to stop the poking. If it is an unusually long piece of wire, which sometimes happens when you have a loose bracket, carefully cut it with your sterilized nail clippers. Give us a shout and we will get you in to see us if the poking continues.




Lost Separator


Losing a separator during treatment is common. Simply contact us at 416 925–0154 and we will let you know if it needs replacement.





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