A Guide to Caring for your Braces

Have you or a loved one been informed you need braces to improve the function, health, and appearance of your smile? Wondering what to expect and how to care for your braces during your orthodontic treatment in Pasadena? At Xmile Orthodontics in Pasadena, we believe that patient education is an essential part of providing the best orthodontic care possible. Today, our Pasadena orthodontist is going to discuss tips for caring for your braces and getting the most out of your orthodontic treatment.

Follow Dietary Restrictions

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the dietary restrictions are usually patient’s least favorite part. Foods that are chewy, sticky, crunchy, hard or even require excessive chewing can cause damage to your braces. Once your braces are damaged, they can also damage the gums and mouth along with making treatment less effective. In the event your damage your braces by not following dietary restrictions, contact Xmile Orthodontics, we’d be happy to get your braces fixed up.

Practice Proper At-Home Care

Although proper at-home dental care is always important, wearing braces can actually increase your risk of issues. Debris, plaque, and bacteria can get caught in the braces, allowing it to thrive. We recommend investing in a water flossing device as it can make flossing much easier, you should also be brushing your smile and braces a minimum of twice a day.

Visit Your Orthodontist

When it comes to orthodontic care, visiting your orthodontist in Pasadena regularly is a must. During your treatment, it is important for your orthodontist to monitor progress, ensuring that your treatment is going as planned. In the event you have any complications with your braces, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us immediately.

Visit Our Orthodontist in Pasadena, TX Today

Interested in improving the function, health, and appearance of your smile with braces in Pasadena? Contact Xmile Orthodontics today, we specialize in orthodontic care and are always accepting new patients at our clinic. We would be more than happy to evaluate your smile and overall oral health to determine if orthodontic treatment is the right option for you.

Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is better for you?

Over the years orthodontic care has improved thanks to advanced technologies that straighten smiles and improve mouth function in a shorter time with fewer complications.

The two main options are clear aligners and braces. It can be difficult to know which treatment is best for you: Invisalign or braces?

Since everyone’s mouth is unique, at Xmile Orthodontics we will create an individualized plan just for you.

How They Work

Invisalign is so popular because clear aligners offer discreet orthodontic correction. Crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, wide spaces and other minor bite problems can be fixed with Invisalign treatment.

Also known as invisible braces or clear braces, plastic aligner trays straignten teeth without brackets and wires. The custom-fitted removable trays are taken out to eat and to clean your teeth. Invisalign must be work at least 20 hours per day to achieve optimal results.

During yoiur Invisalign consultation, photos and impressions will taken of your mouth. This information will be sent to a lab where your aligners will be fabricated. Invisalign gradually shifts teeth to the desired positions. Patients are typically given two sets of trays at each visit. Checkup are scheduled about 4–6 weeks apart. Orthodontic treatment is usually completed in about a year.

Traditional Dental Braces

Orthodontic braces are used to fix teeth affected by crookedness, crowding, irregular spacing, protrusions, and alignment issues. Over time, reposition teeth to create a healthier, more attractive smile. Unlike clear aligners, traditional braces are intended for more serious orthodontic cases.

Traditional braces consist of archwires, brackets and elastic bands. Brackets are made of metal, composite materials, ceramic or a combination. Braces are attached to the surface with cement and can be placed on either the front or back of teeth.

The wires are what do all of the work. Archwires are attached to the brackets and apply steady pressure that gradually repositions teeth. Modern archwires are more effective, reposition teeth faster and with less discomfort. Elastic ties connect to the wires and often replaced.

It takes only about 10–20 minutes to place traditional brackets and wires. Regularly scheduled visits every 3–10 weeks are needed to replace the ties and make adjustments. It is common to experience minor discomfort and tightness after an adjustment appointment.

Treatment time varies from patient to patient. Some cases take 6–8 months while other require more than two years to achieve the desired results.  After the brackets and wires are removed, a retainer is worn prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Ceramic Braces vs. Invisalign

If you are want a discreet and convenient orthodontic treatment to move your teeth into position, choose Invisalign. A consultation with Xmile Orthodontics will determine if clear aligners are right for you. Book an appointment today with our Pasadena, TX orthodontist.