FAQ

Here you can find information on frequently asked questions. Click on the subject to learn more. If you have questions that are not answered you can contact us.

Do braces cause caries or decalcifications?
Orthodontic appliances per se do not cause tooth decay. However, they facilitate the deposition of dental plaques and food particles. Brushing your teeth carefully after every meal is therefore even more important during your treatment.
Check for loose bands and brackets daily, because they increase the risk of caries.
Do braces hurt?
As they project from your teeth your mouth will need some days to get adjusted to brackets. You may have sore gums and a sore tongue during the first days of treatment. We will provide soft wax for relief during this part of your treatment.
Your teeth will be moved with gentle pressure. When braces are put in place or tightened, your teeth and gums may be tender for a few days. The amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient, but usually does not last more than 24-48 hours. Please contact our office if discomfort lasts longer than this period.
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Will I have an allergic reaction to braces
Allergic reactions in response to the materials used are extremely rare.
Can I eat all types of food during orthodontic treatment
It is advisable to avoid sweets between meals. Please avoid chewing gum containing sugar. Also be careful when you eat hard food (e.g. carrots, apples, hard bread crusts) as braces may become loose.
How often will I be scheduled for check-up visitis
Patient check-up is usually take place around every four to six week
What do I do when something loosens
Please contact the office as soon as possible.
Why do teeth have to be removed in some cases
Some patients have very large teeth, but small jawbones.
Although it is almost always possible to fit all teeth in small jaw bone, it is sometimes more reasonable to sacrifice a tooth or two. This ensures that the remaining teeth are surrounded by a sufficient amount of healthy bone and a strong periodontium, which in turn enables teeth to receive adequate nutrition and remain healthy for the remainder of the patient’s life.
Electing to keep teeth may result in receding gums, periodontitis and premature loss of teeth later in life. In addition, leaving teeth in place in a small jawbone is less appealing from an optical perspective. The teeth may stick out too much and make it difficult for the patient to close their lips.
Sometimes tooth extractions may be necessary. We will only recommend removal of teeth if it improves your prospects for successful treatment.
Are dental check-ups at the family dentist necessary?
Routine caries check-ups and professional cleaning must continue to be carried out at your family dentist during orthodontic treatment.
Is retention required after removal of braces?
Teeth tend to move back to their original position in connection with removal of the braces. This is called “relapse”. To avoid this, retainers are used to hold teeth in their new position in their new position after removal of the braces.
Can braces cause gingivitis?
Swollen gums are the first sign of insufficient oral hygiene. The bacteria in dental plaque may cause gums to get inflamed. If gums are swollen, they tend to bleed easily and become dark red. Furthermore, this may lead to receding gums and loss of the underlying bone (“periodontitis”).
I a periodontal problem cannot be controlled; orthodontic treatment may have to be discontinued.
Root Resorption
Root resorption is the shortening of the root of a tooth. It is nearly impossible to predict a patient’s susceptibility to this condition. The incidence of root resorption may increase with extended orthodontic treatment. To avoid this your cooperation during treatment is very important.
May I chew gum during orthodontic treatment?
Sure, but please chew SUGARFREE gum!
Studies show that some soreness during the initial phases of the orthodontic therapy can be reduced by chewing gum. The explanation is the following: Soreness is caused by a transient ischemia of the tissue. Chewing gum can reduce the ischemia, and thereby reduce the soreness.