Pavlo Orthodontics is proud to provide exceptional orthodontic care in the Peabody and Newburyport areas. A straighter smile is a healthier smile, and we love preparing our patients for a lifetime of great oral health.

Orthodontic treatment is more common today than ever before, and patients of all ages are discovering the ways braces can transform their smiles and their lives. Whether you are 11, 31, or even 61, orthodontic treatment can change your life!

Pavlo Orthodontics is proud to provide exceptional orthodontic care in the Peabody and Newburyport areas. A straighter smile is a healthier smile, and we love preparing our patients for a lifetime of great oral health.

The reason that brings you to an orthodontist’s office is as personal as your smile, but the goal is always the same; to create a healthy, stable bite that is aesthetically pleasing and functions properly. Malocclusions, or bad bites, can cause many issues beyond just cosmetic. A bad bite can cause problems with speech and can lead to premature wear of the enamel and teeth. A bad bite can wreak havoc on your life, from jaw, head and neck pain, to decay and gum disease.

Braces can prevent all of the above. Thanks to today’s technologies, there are more options for treatment than ever before.

Options include:

  • Metal braces are the most commonly considered orthodontic appliance. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and are extremely effective and efficient at moving teeth. They are still the most common type of treatment used today. The good news is that today’s metal braces are much sleeker than ever before, with increased comfort levels.
  • Ceramic braces work in the same way metal braces do, utilizing a bracket and wire system. However, the brackets will be made of clear or tooth-colored material, allowing them to blend in better and make treatment less conspicuous.
  • Self-ligating braces are one of the newer technologies that is becoming more popular. They are metal braces, but without the traditional bracket that utilizes a ligature tie to hold the wire. Instead, self-ligating brackets use a sliding door mechanism that allows the wire to move teeth with less friction. This system results in increased comfort levels and faster treatment times.
  • Invisalign is the almost completely invisible way to straighten teeth. It utilizes a series of clear, removable, plastic aligner trays that gently guide teeth to their ideal locations. Because the aligners are removable, they make it a breeze to maintain your oral health. Without brackets and wires to work around, your oral care routine does not have to add time to your already busy schedule. Because they are completely clear, they are the most cosmetically-pleasing option.

What to expect after braces

Oral hygiene

Food and plaque can easily get trapped in the brackets and wires of your braces. If not removed, they can lead to decay and staining of your teeth. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine while in orthodontic treatment. We recommend carrying a braces care kit with you, keeping a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash for on-the-go cleaning. Remember to visit your dentist regularly, even while in orthodontic treatment. Your long-term results are dependent on having healthy teeth during treatment.

Brush at least twice a day or after every meal, if possible, and floss at least once a day. It can be helpful to buy a floss threader or water flosser to help you get in between your wires and around your brackets effectively.

How will braces feel?

Once your braces are placed, it will be no time at all until you barely notice them in your mouth. In the first day to several days after they are placed, you can expect a bit of tenderness and a little discomfort as your mouth adjusts to them. The pressure that is needed to move the teeth can be a bit uncomfortable. It can help to eat soft foods and you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, to help with any mild pain.

The inside of your mouth will also take a bit of time to get used to having brackets and wires present all the time. You may notice that there are areas where the braces rub and can cause some irritation. Orthodontic wax can help prevent this irritation. You can also rinse your mouth with warm saltwater to help relieve any discomfort.

How long will treatment last?

This is a common question, but one that does not have a straightforward answer. There is no magic formula to know exactly how long your treatment will take. We can generally offer an expected time frame, but there are multiple factors that determine treatment time. The severity of your malocclusion is one factor. The less severe your issue, the shorter you can expect your treatment to be. How your mouth responds to treatment is another factor. This is a factor that an orthodontist cannot account for prior to treatment. Some people’s mouths respond quickly to the movement, while others take a bit more time. You also play a factor in your treatment time. It is important that you comply with all your orthodontist’s recommendations throughout treatment. If you are asked to wear elastics or if you have chosen Invisalign as your treatment, it is crucial that you comply with wear instructions in order to keep your treatment on track. The average orthodontic patient will be in treatment for anywhere from 18-36 months.

 

Will my diet have to change?

If you have chosen a more traditional treatment option, you will need to make adjustments to your diet. Brackets can be pulled loose and wires can break, so we ask that you avoid anything too hard, sticky,Chewy or crunchy. That means if apples are a favorite snack, you will need to cut them into bite-sized pieces rather than biting directly into the apple.

If you’ve chosen Invisalign for your treatment, you are fortunate. Your aligners are removable, so simply pop them out before eating and you can enjoy all of your favorite foods. It is important to remember to remove them every time you eat to avoid damaging how they fit over your teeth.