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Frequently Asked Orthodontic Questions – Ripon, WI

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Do you have questions about what life will be like with braces, how long orthodontic treatment with Invisalign will take, or whether your child would benefit from Phase 1 Orthodontic treatment? Our team can help you get the answers you need. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions that we receive from our patients for your convenience. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to reach out to our orthodontic office.

At what age should my child visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by age 7.  Depending on the specific situation, we have even seen children as early as age five.  An orthodontic visit at an early age helps to you to know if there will be future crowding or growth problems for your child.  With this knowledge we can help you decide if starting the orthodontic process early is best for your child.  The goal of early treatment is to help reduce significant crowding or bite issues as the child grows.   An early visit to the orthodontist is a preventative measure to aid in the future eruption of permanent teeth.  If your child’s upper and lower teeth do not match up correctly when they close their mouth, or you notice any other alignment issues, we recommend a new patient examination to address your questions or concern.

Is there an age limit for braces or Invisalign?

There is no age limit for braces or Invisalign. At Sensational Smiles Orthodontics, we offer treatment for patients of all ages, including children who do not yet have all their permanent teeth.  Many of our adult patients are choosing orthodontic treatment to improve spacing in their mouth for a future tooth implant.  Some of our patients have severe gingival or gum issues because their teeth are very crowded and impossible to keep clean.  The reasons for orthodontic treatment are many, and we look forward to helping you find the treatment that is best for you.

Should I get metal braces or Invisalign aligners?

In most cases, the decision is up to you!  Some situations require braces, some situations require Invisalign.  We will begin to know what is best for you after your new patient examination.  During your initial consultation, Dr. Fran will walk you through your treatment options and provide some facts necessary in making your decision. After the data is collected in the diagnostic records, the homework is completed by Dr. Fran, and you have discussed the case at your treatment conference, you will know and understand what the best choice of appliance will be for your specific need.

I want to maintain my professional appearance while straightening my smile. Is that possible?

Yes! If you’re dealing with mild to moderate bite misalignment, crowding, or spacing between teeth, Invisalign is an excellent, discreet treatment option for adults who want to maintain their professional image. The trays are clear and customized to fit your dental structure comfortably, making them virtually impossible to notice as you talk and smile.

How do I take care of my Invisalign trays?

Taking care of your Invisalign trays is important. Plaque or food debris left on teeth or the aligners can lead to the formation of cavities. Regularly brush your teeth and aligners with a soft-bristled tooth brush and toothpaste or clear antibacterial soap.

What are the best oral hygiene products to use while wearing braces?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is incredibly important while you have braces. Clean your teeth each day by brushing and flossing.  One cavity or tooth infection could push back your treatment timeline! Here are a few products that are helpful during orthodontic treatment:

  • Water Pik
  • Electric Toothbrush
  • Mouthwash
  • Prevident5000
  • MI Paste

What foods should I stay away from?

We strongly recommend NOT eating the following foods or limiting your exposure when undergoing orthodontic treatment:

Bowl of popcorn Popcorn: The hulls can get wedged under braces and become very difficult to remove, which leads to serious gum irritation.  Row of soda can tops Acidic drinks: Soft drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks are tough on teeth and can cause white spots that will be very apparent once the braces are removed. Don't go overboard!  Candy jar filled with jelly beans Sticky candy: Caramel, gummy bears, and similar treats can coat your teeth and may even pull off brackets accidentally.  Bowl of nuts Overly hard or chewy foods: Even healthy fruits and vegetables could damage your braces if they're too tough or chewy. Instead of staying away from them, though, try cutting them up into small pieces or softening them through the cooking process.  Glass of ice cubes Ice cubes: It's NEVER a good idea to chew on ice, but especially when you have braces. Keep your brackets and wires safe by avoiding them. 
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