The staff here at Renick Orthodontics wants to make your new patient experience as easy as possible so we’ve compiled a step by step guideline for you!
This section will introduce you to the process of getting braces and how to manage them once you have them. You’ll learn about separators and records. You’ll get instructions on how to take care of your braces by cleaning them (proper oral hygiene) and avoiding the wrong foods.
One of the big questions new patients have is "how long?" Tips will be given to shorten your treatment time and avoid things that may extend your treatment time.
Other questions not covered here may be addressed in the FAQs section if you don’t find them here.
YOUR LIFE WITH BRACES
BRACES - THE STORY
CONSEQUENCES OF POOR ORAL HYGIENE
What Can Happen To My Teeth If I Don’t Maintain Good Oral Hygiene?
Improper oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can lead to marks on the teeth or cavities when the brackets are removed. If the plaque (bacteria) sits on the tooth long enough, it uses to food to produce acid. The acid dissolves the surface of the tooth. This starts as a white or sometimes a brown stain and is the first stage to producing a cavity. The cavity is when the acid actually makes a whole in the enamel of the tooth down to the second layer (dentin). Stains are generally permanent and cavities must be filled by your dentist. Some stains may be reduced and you should consult your family dentist. The best way to fix these is to PREVENT them with proper oral hygiene.
What Can Happen To My Gums If I Don’t Maintain Good Oral Hygiene?
Plaque is bacteria that sits on the tooth. The body’s natural reaction is to defend itself against bacteria. Since the body’s defenses are found in the blood stream, it creates new blood vessels in the area of attack. For the mouth, the enamel of the teeth has no blood vessels so the closest access to the plaque is from the gum tissue. The increase in blood vessels in the gums is a part of an inflammation reaction. Your mouth is no different from the rest of your body in that sense! The gums will swell and become pink and puffy with the increase in blood vessels and fluid to the area. Regular tooth brushing will cause the gums to bleed readily with the inflammation because the blood vessels are so close to the surface. This is the best sign that you are NOT brushing well enough. The better you brush and floss your teeth, the LESS your gums will bleed. Bleeding gums are the first sign of a gum disease called gingivitis and it’s you own body telling you to brush and floss better.