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4 Common Questions About Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment has become a widely chosen alternative for individuals of all ages who desire to rectify their teeth’s alignment and improve their smile’s appearance. However, the process of orthodontics is something many people don’t understand.

In this blog post, we will answer four of the most common questions people have, specifically about braces. Let’s dive in!

Q: Should I Bring My Child to the Dentist While They Have Braces?

A: Yes, children should continue to visit their dentist regularly while they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The dentist can monitor their oral health and ensure that there are no issues such as cavities or gum disease.

In addition, the dentist can provide guidance on how to properly clean teeth and braces to maintain good oral hygiene. By keeping up with regular dental check-ups, you can help your child achieve a healthy, straight smile.

Q: Should My Child Really Avoid Sticky Foods or Candies While Having Braces?

A: Yes, it is important for children to avoid sticky foods or candies while they have braces. These types of foods can get stuck in the brackets and wires, which can cause damage to the braces or teeth.

Additionally, consuming sugary foods can increase the risk of tooth decay. Encourage your child to stick to soft foods that do not require excessive chewing and always remind them to brush their teeth after meals to keep their braces and teeth clean.

Q: Why Does My Child Need to Get Check-Ups Every Four to Six Weeks While Having Braces?

A: Regular check-ups every four to six weeks are crucial during orthodontic treatment. These appointments allow the orthodontist to monitor the movement of teeth and make necessary adjustments to the wires or brackets. They can also check for any signs of damage or discomfort caused by the braces.

Consistent check-ups are essential in ensuring that the treatment plan is progressing as planned and to address any problems before they become more severe.

Q: Is it Important to Wear Your Retainer After Braces?

A: Yes, retainers are crucial to wear after braces are removed. Teeth have a natural tendency to shift back into their original position, even after orthodontic treatment. A retainer helps to hold teeth in their new position and prevents them from shifting.

The orthodontist will typically recommend wearing a retainer for a certain amount of time each day. Choosing not to wear it may cause teeth to move back to their previous position.

Orthodontic treatment can be a significant investment in time and money, but it is worth it for achieving a straight, confident smile. Remember to keep up with regular dental check-ups during treatment, avoid sticky foods, attend check-ups every four to six weeks, and wear your retainer as recommended. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a successful outcome and a healthy, beautiful smile.

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