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About Braces

At Owens Orthodontics in Denver, we offer different types of braces based on your needs and lifestyle. As part of your orthodontics team, we will sit down with you and your family to assess which type of braces will get you the results you desire. We focus on open communication and collaboration to ensure true patient confidence.

Life with Braces

Eating with Braces

For the first day or so after getting your braces, you should stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again but you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid While Wearing Braces

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth, and your teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm, salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take whatever you normally take for a headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks, and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new, corrected positions.

Loose Wire or Band

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If a wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (the back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

Care of Appliances

Treatment is most successful when the patient works together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

Brushing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Athletics

If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances become damaged, call us as soon as possible for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

Types of Braces

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Types of Appliances

To successfully complete your orthodontic treatment plan with Owens Orthodontics, patients must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the elastics (rubber bands), or other appliances as prescribed.

AcceleDent® Aura

AcceleDent® Aura is an easy-to-use device designed to provide fast orthodontic treatment through 20-minute daily use. The hands-free mouthpiece is placed over your existing orthodontics and worn for 20 minutes each day, speeding up the movement of your teeth through SoftPulse Technology™. Cut the duration of your treatment and see results fast with the help of AcceleDent® Aura.

Learn more about AcceleDent® on their website at here www.acceledent.com.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed because the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they are worn as prescribed.

Forsus Appliance

The Forsus Appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower teeth forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about six to nine months.

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.

Separators (or Spacers)

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods or with toothpicks and floss.

Retainers

        Follow these instructions on how to use and care for your retainer to ensure successful orthodontic treatment.

      • Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.
      • Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
      • Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Use warm, but not hot, water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors. Efferdent® or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used, but do not take the place of brushing.
      • When retainers are not in your mouth, they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case. Pets love to chew on them!
      • Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to them faster.
      • Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, call us immediately.
      • If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, call us. Do not try to adjust them yourself.
      • Always bring your retainers to your appointments.
      • Retainer replacement is expensive. With proper care they will last for years!
      • Remove retainers when swimming.
      • Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and napkins.

Braces Diagram

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Our Location

Owens Orthodontics
1780 South Bellaire St.
Suite 345
Denver, CO 80222
owensorthodontics@yahoo.com