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Brace Yourself for a Brand-New Smile.
Braces can help patients of all ages get the beautiful new smile they want. And we have a skilled, experienced team at GoSmiles Dentistry that can help ensure your orthodontic care is comfortable and effective. If braces seem like the right course of treatment for you, please call our Gainesville office at (703) 753-3346 or Herndon office at (703) 689-3900 and schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.
Metal braces are made up of a series of brackets and wires that are made of stainless steel. The brackets are attached to the tooth with the wire running through them. This helps guide and shift your teeth into the proper position. The wire is attached by small, rubber elastic bands that patients can choose the color of.
Self-ligating braces can be made of different materials: traditional metal, clear or ceramic. While they work like traditional braces, self-ligating braces provide quicker results and less visits to the orthodontist. Also, self-ligating braces often do not need plastic bands to attach the wire.
Ceramic braces use a tooth-colored or clear ceramic that blends in with the natural color of your teeth. Typically, patients enjoy this, since it does not stand out against their smile like metal braces. However, the ceramic brackets can break and require more visits to the orthodontists. Patients should be strict about at-home care, since the bands can stain and discolor between visits.
Clear aligners, like Invisalign®, are the most discreet option for patients. Each appliance is made of a clear plastic and can be removed to eat, drink and clean your teeth. Also, many patients find that the customized trays are more comfortable to wear than regular braces.
Lingual braces are attached to the back, or insides, of the teeth. Unlike regular braces, they are completely hidden when patients smile and are a great option for athletes, models, musicians and any other adults looking for a confident smile.
Hygiene With Braces
While you have braces, you may find that it is more difficult to keep your teeth clean than it used to be, but please make sure that you are still maintaining good oral health. Braces can make it easier for issues like tooth decay, gum disease and demineralization to take root. And if these issues are left untreated, they can lead to greater oral health issues, even causing your orthodontic treatment to take longer.
We recommend you follow these guidelines to maintain hygiene with braces:
- Brush after every meal and brush after you eat any sugary snacks. This will mean a minimum of three times a day.
- Clean around your wires and brackets using an interproximal brush in order to reach places that your regular brush misses.
- Floss a minimum of once per day. Use a floss threader to floss behind your wires.
- Rinse with water after you clean your teeth. We may recommend a special rinse, based on your situation.
- Heed the list of foods to avoid while wearing braces. This will assist you in avoiding damage to your braces and maintaining the health of your smile.
Contact us today if you have any questions about how braces can help you or how to maintain your oral health while wearing braces.