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Orthodontic Braces Maple Grove for All Ages

Dental braces maple grove mn are corrective devices used in the orthodontic dentistry to straighten and align your teeth. By applying them it helps with your bite, improve your dental health, and fix unwanted gaps. You may not be aware of the possibility of other dental issues until you have a proper dental evaluation. The entire staff at Pan Orthodontics, 7830 Main St., in Maple Grove, MN, is trained to identify and evaluate these issues. Upon a consultation, you may find out you have crooked teeth, an overbite, an underbite, malocclusions, open bite, deep bites, cross bites, 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 four different types of braces available today, the process of getting braces and how the corrections are made, the benefits of going through the process and finally correct oral hygiene during the process and after you have completed the process.

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The History of Orthodontic Braces

Braces have been around for quite some time. According to historians and scholars they can find evidence as far back as 400 BC. The braces we know today really came to being in the early 1800’s with wire and rubber bands. In the early 1900s the system was devised for determining the severity of how crooked the teeth. Since then we have seen a continued evolution through technology driven refinements.

How Braces Work

It’s quite simple. Your teeth are encouraged to move through the application of pressure and force. There have been four basic elements making up most types of braces. First and second is the bracket that is affixed to the tooth with a bonding material. The third element is the arch wire and the fourth are ligature elastics or O-rings. It takes time to move teeth. The tooth must first be coaxed away from the bone to be able to move it. Through this slow process new bone will grow in to support its new position. This process is called bone remodeling. This new bone deposition will make the tooth and the jaw stronger once 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 is that of lingual braces. This is like the traditional type except the brackets and arch wire are on the inside, or the tongue side of your teeth.
  • A third 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 method, so they are usually just used on the upper front teeth.
  • Finally, the fourth option is Invisalign. Growing in popularity since its introduction about 15-20 years ago it uses a series of 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 consultation and evaluation. This includes x-rays and photos to determine what is going on with your teeth and jaw beneath the surface. We will converse with you about the advantages and disadvantages of the different methods, including pricing and timing. Some types will cost more, some will take longer. Your entire process could take from six months to over two years depending on the amount of correction necessary.

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

The Benefits of Correcting your Teeth with Braces

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

Oral Hygiene beyond Braces

The day your braces are removed will be unbelievable. Your tongue and the soft tissue will feel remarkable. From that point on your oral hygiene habits begin with you. Your team at Pan Orthodontics at 7830 Main St., in Maple Grove, MN., will advise you to brush your teeth well, and slowly, twice a day with a good toothbrush. They will also suggest that you floss at least once a day. These simple preventative measures remove the bacteria carrying plaque that sits every day on the enamel of your teeth. You have made an effort and an investment in your smile, only you can protect it moving forward. It is incredibly wise to have regular, preventative checkup by Pan Orthodontics twice a year. Call 952-925-3747 to schedule your consultation to improve your smile today.

Proper Oral Hygiene during the Process of wearing Braces Maple Grove MN

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

Asking as many questions as necessary will help prepare you or your child for this adventure. Your diet will need to be addressed. You focus more on soft foods and avoid sticky foods. The proper care of the braces is essential with brushing regularly and quite often

Foods that will be best to avoid will be chewy items like hard bagels, crunchy foods like chips and popcorn, and most certainly ice. No sticky food like caramels and chewing gum and hard foods like nuts or hard candy. You’ll need to avoid corn on the cob, biting into an apple or chewing on carrots. There are plenty of foods that you can eat. The list of soft foods is lengthy. Muffins, breads, cheeses, pudding, pancakes, pasta, and cooked rice for grains. Meats can include chicken, lunch meats, meatballs and seafood include tuna, crab cakes and salmon. Vegetables include beans, mashed potatoes, and steamed spinach. Bananas and applesauce are safe. There are always the treats. Jell-O, ice cream, milkshakes, and soft cakes are ALL soft. These are only some examples. We will send a more extensive list home with you.

You can continue any sporting activities while wearing braces maple grove mn. A mouth guard will be fitted for you or your youngster that will protect the soft tissues from harm.