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Orthodontic Braces Edina for All Ages

Dental braces edina mn are devices used in orthodontic dentistry to straighten and align your teeth. By doing so this can also help with your bite, improve your dental health, and fix unwanted gaps. You may not be aware of the potential of other dental issues until you have a proper dental evaluation. The entire staff at Pan Orthodontics, 5101 Vernon Ave. in Edina, MN, is trained to identify and evaluate these issues. Upon an evaluation, you may find out you have an overbite, an underbite, malocclusions, open bite, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth or other flaws in your teeth and jaws. If you have questions simply call 952-926-3747 for your consultation today.

Let’s look quickly at the history of braces, the different types of braces available today, the process of getting braces and how they make the corrections, the benefits of going through the process and finally proper oral hygiene during the process and after you are finished.

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The History of Orthodontic Braces

Braces have been around a long time. According to scholars and historians they can find evidence as far back as 400 BC. The braces we know today really came to being in 1819 with wire and rubber bands. In the early 1900s the system for determining the severity of the crooked the teeth was devised. Since then we have seen a natural evolution through technology driven refinements.

How Braces Work

It is quite simple. Your teeth are encouraged to move through the application of force and pressure. There have been traditionally four basic elements making up most types of braces. First and second there is the bracket that is affixed to the tooth with a bonding material. The third element is the arch wire and finally there are ligature elastics or O-rings. It takes time. The tooth must first be loosened from the bone to be able to move it. Through this slow process new bone grows in to support its new position. This is called bone remodeling. The new bone deposition will make the tooth and the jaw stronger in the new position.

The Different Types of Braces Available Today

There are today four different types of braces. We will walk you through the pros and cons at your consultation.

  • The first and still most popular is the traditional metal braces. The brackets and the arch wire are made with high-grade stainless steel.
  • A second option for possibly older teenagers and adult patients is that of clear ceramic braces. The brackets and the arch wire are made from clear ceramic materials and are less visible. They are larger and more brittle than the metal variety, so they are usually just used on the upper front teeth.
  • The third option is that of lingual braces. This is like the traditional type except the brackets and arch wire are on the inside, the tongue side of your teeth.
  • Finally, the fourth option is Invisalign. Growing in popularity since its introduction about 15-20 years ago it uses clear mouth guard like trays to move your teeth. Designed in a lab with computer assistance there will be 20 to 30 custom made trays that use the same principles of force and pressure to move your teeth. The trays are designed to be replaced every two weeks.

The Process of Both Getting Braces and Wearing Braces

The first step, when you visit Pan Orthodontics, is a thorough evaluation. This includes photos and x-rays to determine what is going on with your teeth and jaw below the surface. We will chat with you about the advantages and disadvantages of the four methods, including pricing and timing. Some methods cost more; some take longer. Your process could take from six months to over two years depending on the amount of correction.

The next step is the staff will give your teeth a digital scan. Then digital 3D models are made of your teeth. The brackets are then bonded to your teeth. Whether the brackets and the arch wire are on the outside or the inside of the teeth, the constant tightening of the arch wire is where the pressure is applied, and the work is done. We will share a bigger picture with you when setting our goals.

The Benefits of Correcting your Teeth with Braces

The first and foremost benefit that you can witness is looking in the mirror is at your smile. You will be amazed at the difference! A healthy smile is the foundation for your personality. It directly affects your self-esteem and your self-confidence, both personally and professionally. After your smile, there is the obvious straightness and the proper bite. You may even notice a difference in your speech pattern based on the amount of correction. Other oral hygiene problems that braces have been known to correct, or prohibit, are more difficult to quantify. The health industry says that braces can prevent gum disease, can prevent tooth decay, can prevent cavities, and can even prevent injury depending on the severity of the misalignment of the upper teeth. Braces can help with bone erosion; they can help with your bite pattern which could eventually lead to tooth loss. Proper and better positioning help dramatically with the correct proportions of your face, your lips, and your jaws.

Oral Hygiene beyond Braces

The day your braces are removed will be like no other. Moving your tongue around your mouth is quite a remarkable feeling. From that point on your oral hygiene habits start with you. We are your teammates. Your team at Pan Orthodontics at 5101 Vernon Ave. In Edina, MN., will advise you to brush your teeth well, and slowly, twice a day with a good toothbrush. It will also be suggested that you floss at least once a day. These preventative measures remove the bacteria carrying plaque that sits every day on the enamel of your teeth. You have made an investment in your smile, protect it moving forward. Twice a year visits to have regular, preventative checkup by Pan Orthodontics are an extremely wise thing to do. Call 952-925-3747 to schedule your evaluation to improve your smile today.

Proper Oral Hygiene during the Process of wearing Braces Edina MN

When you head home after having the braces applied you will experience some discomfort. Whenever the braces are tightened, you experience that discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medications will address the discomfort for those couple of days. The tenderness or soreness is perfectly normal. Your cheeks and tongue will go through an initial adjustment with some irritation as they get used to these new appliances in your mouth.

Asking many questions will help prepare you or your child for this adventure. Your diet will have to be addressed. It will be suggested you focus more on soft foods and avoid sticky foods. The proper care of those addition items in your mouth is essential. You will need to brush regularly and often.

Foods that will be best to avoid will be chewy items like bagels and licorice, crunchy foods like popcorn, chips and most certainly ice. No sticky food like caramel candies and chewing gum and hard foods like nuts and hard candy. You will not enjoy corn on the cob, biting into an apple or chewing on carrots. There are plenty of foods you can eat. The list of soft foods is lengthy. Cheeses, pudding, pancakes, muffins, and breads. Pasta and cooked rice for grains. Meats include chicken, meatballs and lunch meats and seafood includes tuna, salmon, and crab cakes. Vegetables include mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, and beans. Applesauce and bananas are safe. AND, there are the treats. Ice cream, milkshakes, Jell-O, and soft cakes are ALL soft. These are just some examples. We will send you home with a more extensive list.

There are no issues with the continuation of sporting activities while wearing braces edina mn. The staff will fit you or your youngster with a mouth guard that will protect the soft tissues from harm.