Frequently Asked Questions about Braces

Frequently Asked Questions about Braces

1. Why do people need braces?
There are many reasons one person may need braces: crowded teeth, missing teeth, extra teeth, jaws not growing right, bad overbite, open bite and the list continues. Not everyone needs braces if they go early enough to the orthodontists and have their teeth checked out.Children orthodontics san antonio

2. What is the best age for braces?
There is NO best age for braces as all ages can be treated. However, the best time to be seen by an orthodontist is around 7 years old. At 7, any jaw growth problems can easily be corrected.

3. What is Phase I Treatment?
It means that if a problem exists (such as a bad overbite or a lot of crowding of teeth) treatment can or will be started as early as 7 or 8 to correct the problem. Most of the time, Phase I Treatment can save the patient from extraction of good permanent teeth, headgear or major jaw surgery.

4. What is Phase II Treatment?
Phase II Treatment is treatment with “braces”. Patients who have had Phase I Treatment to take care of a major problem (severe overbite or crowding) may need some type of Phase II Treatment with braces to detail their bite. However, not everyone needs Phase II Treatment. For someone who does not have Phase I Treatment but needs braces, they go directly to Phase II Treatment (that is, treatment with full braces).

5. How do braces work?
Braces work by putting light forces on teeth through special wires. Orthodontists also use special rubber bands to bring teeth into the right position. Treatment takes some time because teeth move slowly (only 1mm a month or less) into the right position.

6. Does it hurt to put braces on?
No, the braces are put on with special cement. However, in the beginning, teeth may become a little sore once they start moving.

7. How long does it take to put braces on?
The appointment to put the braces on is 1½ hours but to actually cement the braces in place will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

8. How long does treatment take?
Depending on the severity of a case, it could take as little as 6 weeks or up to 20-24 months for complete treatment. Once treatment is started, a patient would be seen every 8-12 weeks depending on their needs.

9. Do you talk funny with braces?
Just like anything new, it takes about a week to get used to the feeling. Most people adjust very well and have no problems.

10. Can you play sports with braces?
Yes, but with much care. You may need a mouth-guard to prevent injury and damage to the braces, your teeth and gums. We will gladly provide one for you.

11.Can I eat anything with braces?
No. There are some restrictions. We ask that you avoid sticky or hard foods (such as caramel, sticky gum, candy, popcorn, etc.). A little extra care with what you eat can go a long way and can prevent braces from breaking or becoming loose.braces San Antonio

12.Can you get a “shock” if braces are touched with something metal (fork, spoon, etc.)?
Usually not.

13.Can the braces set off alarms in stores or airports?
No, the metal is stainless steel and does not set off alarms.

14. What are rubber bands and why do people need them?
Rubber bands bring the teeth together to make them fit perfectly. Most people need them at the end of treatment for a couple of months.

15. What are retainers and who needs them?
After treatment is finished, retainers are given to hold the teeth in position until they become used to their new “home”. All patients need retainers and Dr. Petrol will instruct you to wear them according to your personalized needs.

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Braces vs Invisalign – which is better?

Braces vs Invisalign – which is better?

If you or your child needs braces, you probably have a lot of questions when it comes to using braces versus using Invisalign as your orthodontic treatment. There are various differences when it comes to effectiveness and cost, but we understand that you will want to choose the orthodontic treatment that will best suit your needs, even if it’s more expensive. Invisalign San Antonio

Facts of Braces and Invisalign

Invisalign came to the market in 2000 designed to do the same as braces, which was to straighten teeth while improving your oral health and your smile. The main difference between them is the visibility of the treatment, as braces are metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and connected by tiny rubber bands and wires.
While the traditional option is metal, there are other options available, such as clear or tooth-colored ceramics. On the other hand, Invisalign was designed to be nearly invisible. The aligner trays you wear over your teeth are made out of comfortable and smooth BPA-free plastic. In order to create the trays, we use pictures, impressions, and X-rays, thereby creating a precise 3D image of your teeth to configure your aligner trays properly.

Which Will Work Best For You?

Both Invisalign and braces will straighten your teeth, and there are some of the things you need to take into consideration:
● Time of treatment: Braces are irremovable, and they will be worn 24/7 for around two years, depending on the needs of the patient. Invisalign braces can be removed, and for them to work their best, they need to be worn around 22 hours a day for six to eighteen months, depending on the patient’s needs.
● Maintenance: Braces will need to be brushed regularly with the help of a water pick, while you will need to use an Invisalign cleaning system to clean and rinse your trays.
● Follow-up visits: With braces, you will need visits around once a month. With Invisalign, your aligner trays will need to be changed every two weeks, with visits to the orthodontist around every six weeks. braces San Antonio

Pros and Cons of Braces
● Braces can be more useful for more intricate issues
● They can’t be removed, so there is no temptation to remove them and not wear them on certain days or occasions
● Only regular brushing and cleaning is required, no extra cleaning steps are needed
● Some soreness, pain or discomfort can be experienced from teeth moving, brackets or wires
● Some tooth discoloration is possible
● You may experience some difficulties when eating hard or sticky foods
Pros and Cons of Invisalign
● Invisible, so they do not change your appearance
● There is no issue with food getting caught between your braces, so there is no difficulty with any food types
● Patients don’t experience any discomfort from brackets or wires
● There can be some discomfort when the teeth move
● They need to be removed before drinking or eating anything but water
● The teeth must be brushed after each meal to prevent stains

Comparing Invisalign vs. braces is a tight race, and the choice will ultimately have to be based on you or your child’s individual needs and desires. If the patient will be self-conscious with the visibility of braces, the Invisalign may be the best option, coupled with the fact that you can remove it, so eating, drinking, brushing and flossing is more convenient and feels more natural.
You need to be aware that Invisalign is not an option for everyone, but if you are interested in this orthodontic treatment, we’ll be happy to sit down with you, discuss your options and recommend the best course of treatment.

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