Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry
Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Henry Kim
Affectionate Dental Care
Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry
Brackets on braces can be clear making treatment nearly
invisible. The polymer-brace is translucent making it one of the most popular
aesthetic choices in braces today. It cost little more than the standard
Brackets. ( Around $500.00)
In recent years, many advances in orthodontic materials have
taken place. Braces are smaller and more efficient.
The wires now being used are no longer just stainless steel. They are made of
alloys of nickel, titanium, copper and cobalt, and some of the wires are
heat-activated. These new kinds of wires cause the teeth to continue to move
during certain phases of treatment. In addition, braces on the front teeth
typically have only the bracket bonded directly to the tooth, minimizing the
"tin grin". These "space age" materials advancements exert a steady, gentle
pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more
comfortable for patients.
Procedure of Dental Braces Treatment:
1. First Evaluation and diagnosis
-Medical records are made.
-An appropriate treatment plan is made based on analysis of the gathered
-An impression of your teeth and jaw is taken for the braces to be made.
2. Fitting of braces
-Once ready the braces are placed on with bands that applies the forces required
to align teeth.
3.Checkup visits are made to adjust your braces on monthly basis.
4. Retainers usually need to be worn during night time after braces are
removed to prevent relapses.
Successful orthodontic treatment is a "two-way street" that requires a
consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient. To
successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his
or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescibed by
the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled. Damaged appliances can
lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment.
The teeth and jaws can only move toward their desired positions if the patient
consistently wears the forces to the teeth, such as rubber bands, as prescribed.
Patients who do their part consistently make themselves look good and their
orthodontist look smart.
To keep teeth and gums healthy, regular visits to the family dentist must
continue during orthodontic treatment. Adults who have a history of or concerns
about periodontal (gum) disease might also see a Periodontist (specialist in
treating diseases of the gums and bone) on a regular basis throughout
Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when
adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and
may be tender to biting pressures for a few days. Patients can usually manage
this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for
a headache. The orthodontist will advise patients and/or their parents what, if
any, pain relievers to take. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become
irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the
surface of the braces.
Care of Dental Braces
Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods
Patients must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard
things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment
to take longer.
Teeth and braces would need to be kept cleaned every day if the teeth and gums
are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment
Follow your orthodontist directions on how often to brush, how often to floss
and he use of other cleaning aids to help maintain good dental health.
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