Frequently Asked Questions Ortho

If you are considering orthodontic treatment you may have a lot of questions. Are there certain types of food and drink I should avoid after getting fixed braces?

Can I continue playing the trumpet? And how can I help the straightening process of my teeth myself? We are happy to answer these, and many other common frequently asked questions, here in this section below. If any question remains unanswered, we will gladly discuss the matter with you in person at our dental clinic.

Braces

Is there an age limit for braces?

No. Regardless of your age, you can have functional or aesthetic issues resolved. Even some ageing celebrities are no longer hesitating to have brackets fitted. You can also opt for an invisible model that conceals the corrective measure.

Are orthodontic treatments also possible with dentures?

Generally, yes. Dentures might even serve as a useful supporting function for the movement of the teeth. We will gladly assess your dental situation and draft an individual treatment plan with you.

Will I experience any pain with fixed braces?

Initially, your new braces might feel a little strange or even hurt. However, it only takes a few days for most patients to become accustomed to the sensation, leaving nothing but a mild feeling of tension. As a rule, discomfort is more likely with fixed braces than with removable splints.

A glass of water with ice cubes help relieve the pain. The cold water alleviates swellings and infections. Alternatively, you can apply special silicon brace wax on pressing brackets and arches. Of course, you can also visit our practice and we will have a look at your braces. Your wellbeing is paramount to us.

Can people hear that I have braces?

Although pronunciation problems can occur, they tend to be rare, especially with removable splints. Usually, people won’t notice a thing when you’re talking. However many patients do tend to have a slight lisp at the beginning of treatment with lingual braces.

Are there any limitations for smokers?

Smoking damages your teeth and general health, independent of orthodontic treatment. Nevertheless, wearers of braces have to ensure particularly good dental hygiene to avoid plaque formation. Nicotine also discolours the braces. Therefore dental corrections might present an attractive opportunity to stop smoking.

What should I take into account when eating?

There are no restrictions with removable splints. Fixed braces do require some more care: please avoid biting on hard foodstuffs such as nuts or bread crusts. This might damage ceramic braces in particular. Chewy sweets and toffees are particularly notorious for sticking to the braces. It’s generally best to limit your consumption of sugary goods to reduce plaque formation on the braces. If you regularly enjoy a glass of red wine or a cup of coffee you should additionally take into account that ceramic braces might discolour.

What can I do to support the success of my treatment?

Make sure to clean your teeth thoroughly to support the effect of the braces. Plaque presents an unnecessary obstacle to braces and wires. Moreover, this helps protect your teeth from caries. Please keep your follow-up appointments, as this allows us to regularly readjust your braces. If you are wearing splints your discipline will determine the duration and success of the treatment. Therefore you should make sure you wear the splints for 22 hours each day, as prescribed. Before long you will be able to enjoy a straight set of teeth.

Are there any risks associated with braces?

Plaque might form on the braces, which in turn can lead to white spots. These white spots are the first phase of decay. The risk of decay is also elevated with removable splints, especially if the teeth aren’t brushed regularly. Braces don’t just affect the teeth but also the surrounding tissue (periodontium), which might aggravate the development of pre-existing gum disease (gingivitis). However, by cleaning your teeth and gums thoroughly you can counteract these risks. We will gladly offer you tailored advice on the optimal care of your teeth.

Fixed braces might also result in pressure spots and mucous membrane irritation, however, these usually disappear by themselves after treatment. Allergic reactions are quite rare, as are cases of patients ingesting small parts of the braces. On the other hand, loose teeth are very common as they must be loosened for their positioning to be corrected. After the treatment is finished the teeth will anchor themselves firmly into the jawbone again.

Will my fixed braces hinder my partner?

Kissing with fixed braces might feel somewhat unfamiliar at the beginning; however, you will almost completely forget you’re wearing them after a while.

Can I continue to play wind instruments and engage in sports activities?

Braces change how the teeth are fixed, which in turn changes the way you play your wind instrument. However, it just takes some practice to get used to them, allowing you to play beautiful notes with braces as well. Many music teachers do advise against continuing to play during treatment. This ensures that no readjustment is necessary later on, which might be audible as well.

You need not worry about playing sports. Ice hockey players, boxers, and others who engage in contact sports should wear special brace protection. Please contact us if you need such protection!

What alternative treatments are available?

Twisted and tilted teeth, as well as gaps, can be treated with veneers. Veneers look great and guarantee natural correction. We will work out the best treatment option for your dental issue during an in-depth examination.

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