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The Right Time for Braces, Part 2

Will treatment be uncomfortable? The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, putting mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth gradually. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief. Keep in mind also that some teeth may need to be extracted to make room for teeth being shifted with braces and for proper jaw alignment. Do I have to avoid any foods or personal habits? Yes. Cut down on sweets, chips and pop. Sugary and starchy foods generate acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum disease. Healthy, hard foods like carrots or apples should be cut into smaller pieces. Sticky, chewy sweets like caramel can [...]

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The Right Time for Braces, Part 1

What is "orthodontics," and why do people get braces? Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth and jaws to improve one's smile and oral health. "Ortho" means correct or straight, and "Odont" means tooth. Braces are usually recommended to improve physical appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected. When is the right time for braces? Patients with orthodontic problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening. However, [...]

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