Unfortunately, very few people are born with a perfect smile. At some point in their lives, most people will need to undergo some form of orthodontic treatment. At Senestraro Family Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family, from young children to grandma or grandpa. While childhood is the ideal time to move teeth, more adults than ever before are opting for orthodontic treatment. Here is what you need to know about braces.
All About Braces
If you are worried that you might need braces, you're in good company. Researchers figure that over 4 million people across the US have braces or are in the process of getting braces. Twenty-five percent of the people who have braces are adults. Do you think that your mouth might benefit from braces, but you still have questions? Senestraro Family Orthodontics have answers!
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Types of Braces
There are different types of braces. Depending on what of problem you are having, you may need a particular type of braces. Usually, we make braces out of metal or ceramic brackets. We glue your brackets to the front of the teeth, and then we place wires through the brackets. We then tighten the braces according to your treatment plan. Traditional braces can be used for children and adults.
We can also create braces that are bonded behind the teeth instead of the front of the teeth. Usually, lingual braces - the name of these braces - are used only for adults. Lingual braces are used when a few teeth need to be fixed. We can place braces on the top or the bottom row of your teeth. A different type of braces uses clips on the brackets rather than bands or wires.
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Protecting Your Braces
Once you get braces, you need to make sure that you are brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day every day. You also need to avoid sticky, hard, or crunchy foods. All of these foods can break your brackets or braces. You also need to come and see us get your braces checked, and your wires tightened every other month.
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Regardless of your situation, our treatments can give you a more beautiful smile and improve your oral health. Whether you need corrective jaw surgery, or extractions to compliment your orthodontic treatment, you are in good hands at Senestraro Family Orthodontics.
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Emergency Orthodontic Care
If you experience trauma or injury to the mouth, emergency orthodontic care may be necessary. If a part of your braces becomes loose or breaks, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Be sure to call us as soon as possible so we can get you in for an appointment. If you experience severe trauma or injury, you may need to go to urgent care or seek the help of an oral surgeon.
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Schedule Your Consultation
If you are concerned with aesthetics, we offer some discreet treatment options, from clear aligners to ceramic braces. Talk with Dr. Seth Senestraro during your initial consultation to learn more about your options. Regardless of which option you choose, we are confident you will be happy with the results! Call (503) 582-8212 to schedule your consultation appointment.