All About Braces

Orthodontics is not just about straightening teeth. It is about achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve for confidence that lasts a lifetime, while improving your health. Dr. Thomas Weber uses digital imaging and a detailed examination process to create a customized treatment plan that results in a beautiful smile, a well-functioning bite and healthy jaw joints.

An accurate bite:

  • Improves jaw function
  • Increases chewing efficiency
  • Provides long-term health to the jaw muscles and joints
  • Sustains the health of the gum tissue

Orthodontics Has Never Been Better!

There has never been a better time to consider orthodontic treatment, at any age. Technology has significantly advanced the field of orthodontics, and there are so many options available to our patients. We offer traditional braces, or more esthetic clear braces, and removable options, like Invisalign®.

During treatment, orthodontic appliances move teeth to their determined positions with gentle, constant force that is carefully controlled. Our practice utilizes complementary treatment options, like AcceleDent®, or alternative options, like the Damon Smile® Braces System, which are designed to move teeth more efficiently and with greater comfort.

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

Your Treatment Time

Orthodontic treatment times can vary. Several factors may affect your custom treatment time, but overall the average treatment time is about 18-24 months. The best way to stay on track to a successful treatment is to stay involved, and be an active participant in your plan. This means scheduling and attending all appointments at the recommended intervals so that we can help you meet your goals.

To begin your journey, schedule your first complimentary visit with Dr. Weber. He will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the concern, a written summary of the findings, and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. Our treatment coordinator will then go over all financial information with you.