What Types Of Braces Do You Offer?
At Garcia Orthodontics, we offer a range of braces to meet the needs of every patient. Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used option, and for a good reason – they are both affordable and effective. Metal braces are composed of high-grade stainless steel brackets that are bonded onto each tooth. The brackets are then connected with an archwire that helps to guide the teeth into their proper positions.
We also offer ceramic braces, which are similar in design to traditional metal braces but instead use tooth-colored brackets. This makes them less noticeable and more aesthetically pleasing than metal braces. And for those who want a truly unique look, we offer gold braces that are similar in functionality to metal braces, except that they use gold-colored brackets that stand out in a crowd.
No matter which option you choose, Garcia Orthodontics will ensure that your braces are a perfect fit and provide the best results possible. Contact us today to learn more about our available braces options!
What Types Of Foods Should I Avoid?
It’s essential to be mindful of what you eat while wearing braces. Hard, crunchy, or chewy foods should be avoided as they can damage the braces and cause additional pain. Additionally, sticky foods like gum and caramel can become lodged in the brackets and wires, making them difficult to remove.
Popcorn, hard sweets, nuts, corn chips, pretzels, and difficult meats should be avoided while wearing braces. Soft fruits such as bananas and apples are okay to eat; however, apples should not be eaten with the skin on since they can cause damage to the brackets and wires.
If you have any questions about what foods to avoid while wearing braces, feel free to ask our team for more specific food options.
Do I Still Need To Visit My Dentist Regularly?
Yes, it is important to continue to visit your dentist regularly while wearing braces. Regular dental checkups are necessary to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. We recommend that all patients go in for a professional cleaning every six months, especially during orthodontic treatment.
How Do I Care For My Braces?
First and foremost, proper dental hygiene is key to keeping your teeth healthy while wearing braces. Brush at least twice a day and floss regularly; this will help keep plaque and food buildup away, dramatically improving the effectiveness of your treatment. Remember that more than simple brushing is needed because the brackets provide additional places for plaque to hide, so more detailed brushing techniques are needed to help dislodge any trapped food particles or plaque. Additionally, be sure to visit your orthodontist regularly – usually every four to six weeks – as we will make adjustments to ensure you see maximum results from the treatment. These regular checkups are an integral part of keeping your treatment on track throughout the duration of wearing braces!
Do I Have To Wear A Retainer After Getting My Braces Off?
Yes, it is essential to wear a retainer after the braces are taken off. The retainer’s purpose is to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions and do not shift back into their previous alignment. Our team will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and give more detail about the duration of wearing the appliance. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.