Teeth become misaligned for a myriad of reasons, and orthodontics is the common solution to the problem. At Apicella-Lorei Orthodontics, we use Damon braces to apply constant, yet gentle, pressure to align your teeth. By treating these conditions, we are able to create a healthier environment that helps facilitate good oral hygiene and decrease the likelihood of gum disease, tooth decay and other ailments in the future.
Created by Dr. Dwight Damon, the Damon brace/bracket utilizes sliding door technology known as self-ligation that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are utilized over Damon brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, Damon braces often reduce both treatment time and number of adjustments that are usually performed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it going to hurt?
Braces may cause discomfort, especially as they are working to align the teeth. Minor sores on the inside of the mouth may occur, but Tylenol or Advil may help to relieve this discomfort or a warm salt water rinse may also be beneficial. Applying wax to the brackets may also help with soreness. If you feel anything sharp or poking, please contact either of our offices.
How long is treatment going to last?
Typically braces are worn between 12-24 months, but it depends on the extent of the misalignment. Through our utilization of the most technologically advanced braces available, treatment times can be reduced as much as 4 to 10 months.
How often will I need to visit your office?
Usually office visits happen every 6 – 10 weeks depending upon which stage of treatment you are in.
When should a child seek treatment?
We recommend that children be treated somewhere between the ages of 7-14 years old.
Am I too old for treatment?
Nope! Braces aren’t just for kids anymore.
Is this my only option?
Depending on the extent of the misalignment, Invisalign® braces are a possible alternative. However, the best way to ensure proper treatment is through an orthodontic consultation.
Are there any foods I cannot eat?
Unfortunately, yes. Hard and dense foods such as pizza crust, pretzels, raw carrots and bagels can break or damage braces. Gum, chewy candies, and similar substances can pull brackets from your teeth. Chewing ice should also be avoided to prevent damage to your braces and teeth.
How often should I brush my teeth?
Brushing should happen after every meal to remove leftover food from your braces. Proper oral hygiene and cleaning not only ensures that braces remain in good condition and continue to work, but it also optimizes the response of teeth to orthodontic services.