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Braces – How Orthodontics Saves Smiles

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Family orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with common problems like overbites, underbites, tooth crowding, and crooked teeth. When neglected, these conditions can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, premature tooth loss, difficulty chewing or biting, and even headaches or earaches. Orthodontists have special training and experience in treating the problems using a number of permanent and removable orthodontic appliances such as braces for kids and adults. Traditional braces are effective at any age, but it’s best to apply them during the adolescent years while the body and bone structure are still forming. However, metal braces can have a significant impact on the self-esteem of sensitive children, so alternatives like clear ceramic braces or removable aligners should be carefully considered.

Common Types of Braces

There are several types of traditional, affordable braces. The most common are brackets made from metal, ceramic, or plastic and bonded to the teeth. Ceramic brackets are clear and provide a less-noticeable option. Lingual braces attach to the backside of teeth where they are not visible. A newer alternative is a series of plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth and removed for eating and brushing.

Length of Treatment

Most people need to wear braces for a year or two. However, treatment times depend on the severity of your spacing or bite problem. After braces are removed, it may be necessary to wear a retainer.

Soreness with Braces

At each follow-up visit, wires are tightened to deliver increased pressure and gradually move teeth to the desired position. Your teeth and jaws may be temporarily sore after adjustments. Patients who wear aligners may experience mouth soreness while adjusting to a new tray.

Types of Foods to Avoid



Avoid foods that are chewy, hard, or crunchy as these can damage wires and loosen brackets. Hard foods like carrots and apples should be cut into small pieces. While wearing braces, it is advisable to limit sugary and starchy foods that encourage plaque formation.

Caring for Braces

Brush after every meal, and check your teeth to be sure they are clean. Use a floss threader to clean under wires, and have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Excellent dental care is essential to avoid staining while wearing braces.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Palm Coast, call Oceans Dental Group today at (386) 246-7619 or make an appointment.

Oceans Dental Group offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Palm Coast. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Oceans Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Oceans Dental Group.

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