Traditional Braces Coral Gables, FL
Crooked or misaligned teeth are not just a source of embarrassment – they can also be hazardous to your oral health. Teeth that do not fit harmoniously together cause what is termed a "bad bite." A bad bite can increase tooth decay, trapping bacteria in odd spaces, and if bite problems continue, they can wear teeth down and cause the severe tension headaches and jaw sorenes. Perhaps you need orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Peggy Alvarez together with Dr. Carlos Feo, are able to diagnose and treat your dental traumas and provide a state of the art smile transformation that will improve your overall oral health and make your smile shine like never before. For more information our different orthodontic treatments and cosmetic solution promotions please contact our office today at 305 548 8690. We look forward to working with you to improve your overall oral health and smile!
What Are Orthodontics - Coral Gables, Florida
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. Orthodontic doctors apply the "orthodontia" as the treatment for the correction of irregularly aligned teeth, usually involving braces and sometimes oral surgery.
Common Cases Treated with Orthodontia
What are Braces
Braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person's bite.
How Are Braces Applied?
A retractor will be placed in the mouth to keep the mouth open comfortably. This will also help to keep the mouth as dry as possible. The tooth surface will be etched with a mild solution. After a few seconds, the tooth will be rinsed. Then, a special adhesive will go on each tooth, and the bracket will be added on top of the adhesive. Excess adhesive will be removed, and the rest will be “cured” with a special light. After all of the brackets have been placed and the adhesive has been cured, the orthodontic wire will be threaded through the slots in the brackets. Depending on the type of braces you are getting, the wire can be held to the tooth using a clip that is built into the bracket (“self-ligating” braces), or by a series of a tiny rubber bands called “ligatures,” which come in many colors. At the end of the appointment, a team member will explain how to brush and floss with braces, review what foods to avoid (hard, sticky and chewy) so braces are not broken, and what to do if you experience any difficulties with your braces. This is a great time to ask any questions about the care of your new braces. For the duration of treatment, make sure to limit your intake of sugary or acidic drinks to avoid decalcification.
After Treatment Completion
After active treatment is complete, your orthodontist will likely prescribe retainers. Wearing retainers as prescribed is the key to maintaining the success of orthodontic treatment. The responsibility for keeping teeth where you and your orthodontist moved them rests with you. This "retention" phase of care is critical to the long-term stability of treatment results.
Types of retainers
There are two general kinds of retainers:
Removable Retainers - (put in and removed by the patient) Which there are 2 kinds of removable retainers:
Overall Dental Care After Braces Removal
After your braces are removed, it is important to schedule a dental exam and cleaning shortly thereafter to ensure that no oral issues have developed and to get rid of any tartar build-up that may have occurred while you had braces (though, hopefully, you stayed on top of your oral health care during the days of orthodontic treatment and these are already minimized). In addition, be sure to floss once a day and brush your teeth and your retainer (as per the doctors instructions) twice a day. It is also important to disinfect your retainer using the retainer cleanser recommended by the dentist at least once a week, or even daily, if the dentist recommends you do so.