Traditional Metal Braces
The most common type of orthodontic treatment is with traditional metal braces. We offer a complimentary consultation to all new patients! After your initial consultation, Dr. Stan Cox creates a unique treatment plan for each patient and then attaches the brackets according to that plan. Metal brackets are then glued to the outside of the teeth and then wires are attached to the brackets to move the teeth as desired. Over time, brackets may need to be repositioned and you will move through a series of wires with different strengths. We are excited to offer clear ceramic braces as an alternative to the metal brackets.
With metal braces, you will usually come in for an adjustment every 8 weeks. The type of braces we use allows us to routinely see patients once every two months instead of once a month. At your appointment, our team will also check for progress and for any other needs. We do our best to accommodate your schedule and offer appointments around school times.
Caring for Metal Braces
For the first few days after getting your braces, expect some soreness as your jaws, teeth, and gums get used to the brackets and wires. Some Advil or Tylenol should alleviate most of the discomfort.
While in braces, it is important you follow all instructions from Dr. Cox and maintain good oral hygiene. We suggest brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once per day. We will provide you with “flossers” that help you get floss through your wires. If you do not brush and floss your teeth as instructed, you risk having stains or white spots on your teeth when the brackets are removed.
It is also imperative that you see your general dentist while in braces for cleanings. Make sure to let them know that you or your child has braces when scheduling their appointment. We are happy to work with our local dentists and can communicate with them on specific needs.
Eating & Drinking with Braces
While in orthodontic treatment, there are some foods we suggest avoiding so that you do not break any of the brackets or wires. Breaking an appliance often results in longer treatment time. Here is a list of foods to avoid while in orthodontic treatment:
- Chewing on ice
- Hard, sticky candy like suckers, peppermints, & Jolly Rachers
- Crunchy foods like pretzels, chips, & some cereals
- Chewing on pens, fingernails, & other objects
- Carbonated drinks
After Braces: Retention
Once your orthodontic treatment with braces is complete, we will provide you with retainers to keep your teeth in their new positions. To avoid needing braces again, we highly recommend wearing your retainer as instructed by Dr. Cox. Your teeth naturally want to shift over time, and retainers are the key to keeping your smile beautiful!
If you happen to lose your retainer or your retainer no longer fits, give us a call and we will schedule you for an appointment to review your options. The sooner you get a new retainer, the better!