Dental braces correct TMJ and TMD syptoms, overbite, underbite, wide spaces between teeth, and more. See Dr. Kesteven for an evaluation to improve your own smile. It’s never too late.
A redesigned smile gives self- esteem and improved dental health and treatment starts, for some, with braces. It is becoming more common (even trendy) to see adults wearing braces. And with our tooth-coloured brackets you can have an almost invisible orthodontic experience. An attractive smile is an asset in all peer groups in the business and social world.
Orthodontics also are used to correct bite related issues, TMJ and TMD symptoms. When correcting a bite, Dr. Kesteven uses the principles of Gneuromuscular Dentistry in conjuction with orthodontics to find the best long term solution for our patients.
It’s never too late to enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Call us and we’ll set up an exam with Dr. Kesteven and our team to evaluate if you are a candidate to redesign your smile through adult orthodontics.
The initial process for getting orthodontic braces for adults
“Dr. Kesteven, what usually happens during an initial orthodontic exam?”
In order to determine your specific needs, the dentist will completely evaluate your mouth. This will likely include:
- Impressions of your teeth, from which models are made (these are useful for your dentist, and will remind you exactly how your teeth looked before correction).
- Photographs of your teeth, face, and smile
- X-rays of your head and teeth
- Your medical health history and dental health history
Your orthodontist will then carefully evaluate your specific needs and provide you with a treatment plan for correction. Following the recommended plan is important for proper correction.
When your mouth is loaded with extras — bands, brackets, and wires — brushing your teeth gets tougher and extra important. Plus, braces interfere with the natural chewing process that normally bathes and exercises gums and helps clean teeth.
At Kesteven Dental Care Studio, we feel caring for your teeth and keeping them cavity-free is a top priority during orthodontic treatment.
While proper-fitting bands or brackets usually protect the covered portion of your teeth, the brackets and wires on the outside of teeth make it harder for the toothbrush to clean between teeth.
Trapped food particles and plaque are a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. Gum disease also can develop, causing swelling and making cleaning even more challenging and painful. Improper care can also stain tooth enamel.
“Dr. Kesteven, how often do I need to brush my adult braces?”
Preferably brush within five minutes after you eat anything, whether you’re snacking or after a meal. Brushing away cavity-causing bacteria helps keep your teeth cavity-free.
Carry a travel toothbrush in a backpack, purse, or briefcase to always have on hand for brushing away from home.
“How do I brush my teeth with braces?”
Brush between wires and gums to loosen any food particles. There are special toothbrushes for this, check with your orthodontist for recommendations.
Start on the outside of your upper teeth, positioning the bristles at a 45 degree angle, toward the gum. Brush two to three teeth at a time using a circular motion, about ten strokes.
- Next, brush the inner surfaces in the same manner.
- Brush the chewing surfaces.
- Repeat the same process for the lower teeth as for the upper ones. Rinse your mouth as well as your toothbrush.
- Check your teeth in a mirror to make sure you’ve brushed all tooth surfaces.
- Floss daily between braces using a floss threader.
- Toothpicks, stimudents, and other interdental devices work well under brackets.
You may also want to use a water oral hygiene device that helps to remove food particles the toothbrush may not reach. It is used in addition to brushing and flossing, not as a substitute. While wearing braces, be sure to schedule regular dental exams every three to six months for cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Ask your dentist and orthodontist how often they wish to see you. For more information about how we at Kesteven Dental Care Studio can help you, call us now!
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