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.
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 orthodontic specialist Bathurst College Dentistry ® team runs an arch wire through them.
This wire guides your teeth into position.
Since we use self-ligating braces, you do not actually need elastics.
However, a lot of our patients like to add them anyway to give their braces some fun color.
Before you start imagining unwieldy hunks 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.
Quick Timeline Of What to Expect
You will stop by our Bathurst College Dentistry ® office for your free consultation and you will get to meet the awesome Bathurst College Dentistry ® Orthodontics family.
We will examine your mouth, snap a few photos, and take digital x-rays and impressions.
Our trained BCD orthodontists will determine your diagnosis and the best course of treatment.
We will also answer any questions so you can make an informed decision.
Get Your Braces Put On
Now the fun starts.
This part is pain-free and there are no needles involved.
The orthodontists at BCD 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.
Every four to eight weeks, you will visit us for a follow-up appointment.
The orthodontist 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 orthodontist 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.
Lastly, we fit you with a custom retainer and provide you with aftercare instructions and best practices.
TYPES OF 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.
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.
Some patients prefer metal braces and while elastics are not necessary, a lot of people like to add them for a bit of color.
Our clear self-ligating braces 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?
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 compromise some of your favorite foods.
Softer foods and cold drinks and treats can work wonders.
Here are a few items we suggest
adding to your grocery shopping list:
Applesauce and fruit cups
Jello, pudding and smoothies
Listerine or Crest Pro-Health Rinse
Pasta (spaghetti and macaroni and cheese)
Popsicles and fudge bars
Soft candy (Hershey’s bars without nuts, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, etc.)
Soft shell tacos
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
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.
Teeth move faster in a clean, healthy mouth and
you can ward off tooth decay, stains, and gum disease.
Follow these tips to
keep your smile dazzling:
• Brush at least three times per day for a minimum of two minutes each session.
• 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 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.
• Playing with them can pull them loose.
• See you on your next scheduled visit to Bathurst College Dentistry ®.
• Never sit on the sidelines throughout your orthodontic treatment.
• You can still do all the things you love.
• We will give you a mouthguard to wear while playing to keep your mouth and braces safe.
• 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 over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Losing a separator during treatment is common.
• Simply contact us at 416 925–0154 and we will let you know if it needs replacement.