Things to Consider about Braces

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Things to Consider About Braces

You may be a candidate for braces if you have a crossbite, an overbite, an underbite or abnormal spacing between your teeth. Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that has been used for decades to correct these issues and offers precise, effective results. Our Van Nuys dentist can help you decide if braces are right for you.

1. Braces may require you to make a few changes.
Each bracket is bonded to your teeth, and the archwire is used to apply pressure to change the position of teeth. Gum, caramels, raw carrots, ice, nuts, whole apples and other foods can damage the brackets or wires, which can lead to an emergency orthodontist visit to repair the broken wire or bracket.

2. Good dental hygiene is not optional.
You will need to brush after every meal and at bedtime, taking special care to clean around each bracket. Use floss to clean between the teeth; a special flossing tool may be needed to clean above and around the wires.

3. Following all recommendations will lead to the best outcome.
Some general rules apply, but we may also make personalized recommendations based on your specific needs. For example, if you need to wear elastic bands, you will need to wear them at all times and change them daily. You may need to wear a mouthguard while playing sports or use special wax while playing musical instruments. Keep your appointments as scheduled to stay on track.

Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

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