Dental Braces: Addressing Two Common Concerns For New Patients

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Getting braces is something that many people with less-than-perfect smiles will need to correct their issues. While braces have been a long-time favorite option for correcting orthodontic problems, it is important to note that first-time patients or parents of children needing braces may not be very informed about this type of treatment. As a result, there are likely at least a couple of questions that you may benefit from having addressed. 

Are Clear Braces A Viable Option For Every Patient's Needs?

Traditional metal braces are an effective way of treating many different orthodontic problems, but it should come as no surprise that many patients would prefer to avoid needing to wear this type of braces. Luckily, clear braces are highly discreet, and they are capable of meeting the needs of many patients. 

Unfortunately, clear braces may not always be a suitable option. This is often the case when the patient needs a major over or under-bite corrected. In these instances, metal braces will be better suited, because it is possible to use rubber bands and headgear to help adjust the positioning of the jaw. Due to these limitations, only your orthodontist will be able to determine whether or not clear braces will be an effective treatment option for your teeth. 

What Do You Need To Do To Protect Your Braces During Sports?

For parents with athletic children or adults that still find the time to play sports, it is important to note that your braces must be protected from accidental damage. A collision with another player can break your braces, which will result in severe pain and a need to make an emergency trip to the orthodontist. 

Luckily, it is possible to drastically reduce the odds of this damage from occurring. If you have clear braces, you should remove the braces for the duration of the sporting event. These braces are designed to be removed during such events, and this can be the easiest way of keeping them safe from damage. If you have traditional metal braces, you will need to wear a special mouth guard. This guard will take the place of your normal mouthpiece, and while it may feel a little uncomfortable at first, you will quickly adjust. 

If you are considering braces for either yourself or your child, it is important for you to have the best information possible. Unfortunately, you may not have much experience or knowledge about braces, and this can make it difficult for you to make a choice about this treatment option. By clarifying these two commonly asked questions, you should have more of the information you need to make a smart decision regarding getting braces. Talk to a dentist like John C. Matunas D.D.S., PA for more information.


28 June 2015

Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!