Get Straight Teeth in West Kelowna!
Here are some of the benefits of straightening your teeth:
- Improved appearance and confidence
- Straight teeth easier to clean and improved oral health
- Less wear and chipping of the teeth
- Decreased strain on muscle and joints
- Ability to chew food better
- Improved speech
Metal brackets are what most people picture when they hear the word braces. However, traditional metal braces have come a long way. Modern brackets are lighter, smaller and less noticeable. High grade stainless steel brackets are attached to each tooth and flexible metal wires are threaded through to apply a gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the correct position.
Clear ceramic braces provide a far less noticeable method of treatment. Like traditional braces they use the same components, but the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of a translucent ceramic material that blends in with the tooth’s natural color. A common favourite for adults, and even some well-known celebrities, these ones are often picked because they’re difficult to see unless they look closely.
There are a few types of ceramic braces currently available, and the technology is constantly improving. Their aesthetic appeal is undeniable, however there are a few tradeoffs associated with this type of fixed appliance as well. The ceramic brackets can be less durable than their metal counterparts. The brackets themselves don’t stain, but the elastic bands that attach them to the archwire may. That said, elastics are changed regularly anyway.
Braces are no problem for adults! In fact, a surprising percentage of our patients are adults, and 25% of all orthodontic patients are adults.
In most cases, braces aren’t painful. After some appointments for adjustments, your teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, are good picks to ease any discomfort you may be experiencing.
Yes! Although you’re still able to play sports, we recommend patients wear mouthguards during their games to protect their braces.
Musicians will still be able to play their wind instruments, but they will likely have to adjust how they play until they are comfortable while wearing braces.
Yes! Seeing your dentist regularly is even more important now since food can build up and cause problems faster if you’re having any challenges brushing your teeth. Your dentist will determine the intervals between each cleaning appointment while you have your braces as well.
Brush your teeth four times a day when you have braces– after each meal and before going to bed. We will also show you how to floss your teeth with braces (there’s a special technique you need to do). We may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride treatment, if necessary.
Yes. Because of the way braces are situated in your mouth you won’t be able to eat certain foods. Some of these include ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy).