A Gap Between Two Teeth Might Be Minimized by Braces

The shape and structure of your child’s mouth gradually expands and develops from birth through their teenage years. The process also includes their primary teeth being replaced by the 32 permanent teeth that will serve them into their adult life.

Sometimes when their oral structure is in transition, two or more permanent teeth can emerge widely spaced. In some of these cases the teeth will gradually come together as the structure of their mouth continues to develop. However, some cases of diastema can lead to further alignment issues and other orthodontic complications.

If your child has gapped teeth, you should set up a consultation appointment with an orthodontist like Dr. DoBin Choi. Once she has assessed the severity of the diastema she can help you understand the most effective treatment strategy.

Treatment might call for installing a complete or abbreviated form of traditional braces to help hold the teeth in place. This might also require periodic adjustments to tighten the braces components and minimize the gap between the teeth.

After their oral structure has stabilized and the braces have addressed any other alignment issues your child will need to use a retainer. This will help to hold the teeth in place while any lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments fades.

If you live in the Blacksburg, Virginia, area and your son or daughter has a significant gap between two or more of their teeth, you should call 540-443-9285 to set up a consultation appointment at Real Life Smiles.

Tips to Keep in Mind During the Braces Process

Has Dr. DoBin Choi suggested that you have braces placed? Are you a little nervous about the braces process, or simply wondering what to expect? We are thrilled to go over the basic orthodontic treatment process with you.

Braces Placement
The brackets of braces are bonded to your teeth using a special dental cement by our orthodontist. Minimal discomfort when braces are placed is normal. For the first few days, eat softer foods to help you adjust to chewing. Yogurt, soup and macaroni and cheese are great choices.

After Application
It takes a little bit of time to adjust to the teeth realigning. The pressure of the wires may cause some discomfort at first. Over-the-counter pain medication can provide some relief. You can also place orthodontic wax on the brackets to prevent them from rubbing against the inside of your cheeks and lips. We will tell you how to use orthodontist wax during your braces application visit.

Orthodontic Appointments
Braces adjustment appointments are arranged as our orthodontist sees fit. These appointments are needed so that the braces can continue to move the teeth towards their ideal positions. Our orthodontist may adjust the archwires and change the elastic ligatures.

Dealing With Discomfort
Any discomfort that may come with braces is manageable. In many cases, the discomfort occurs after braces application or adjustment. Taking over-the-counter medication can relieve soreness. You can also rinse your mouth with salt water to lessen discomfort.

For more information about braces in Blacksburg, Virginia, and to set up your next visit, we invite you to call Real Life Smiles at 540-443-9285 today.

Dental Hygiene While Wearing Braces

You’re on your way to a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile. Your braces have been placed and your orthodontic treatment is underway. You may be aware that cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can be difficult. Dr. DoBin Choi and our team are more than happy to give you tips on proper dental hygiene with braces.

Brushing Teeth
Brush your teeth twice each day, for at least two minutes each time. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. Be sure to remove any elastics before you brush your teeth. While holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle at the gumline, brush back and forth and then brush toward the biting surface of the teeth. Take care to brush the top and bottom of each bracket as well as the front of the brackets and wires. You may find it helpful to hold back your lip with one hand while you brush your brackets. Be sure to brush the chewing surfaces of each tooth as well as the backs of the teeth.

It is important that you floss your teeth at least once every day. Flossing while wearing braces can prove to be challenging. We recommend using a floss threader to aid you in properly cleaning between your teeth. Floss threaders can help you get the dental floss beneath or over the wires so that you can clean your teeth of plaque and food particles. Make sure that your flossing regimen includes beneath the gumline.

We invite you to contact Real Life Smiles at 540-443-9285 today for more information about braces in Blacksburg, Virginia, and to set up a visit with our orthodontist. We are happy to give you additional tips and to help you reach a straighter smile.

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