8013 Laguna Blvd., St. 1
Elk Grove, CA 95758
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With braces your teeth alignment can sometime look or get worse (i.e.: spaces may increase, teeth may protrude more) before getting better. During the initial alignment of the teeth, sometimes existing spaces become wider and even teeth without spacing can become spaced. Spaces are sometimes a side effect of braces and many times spaces are created purposely in order to facilitate proper tooth movement and good alignment of teeth. If you see this occurring and you are concerned please discuss any concerns you have with my staff or me.
Arch wires start light and flexible and get thicker (stronger) and more rigid during the course of treatment.
Excellent oral hygiene is a must during orthodontic treatment. My staff and I provide brushing and flossing instructions for all patients undergoing orthodontic treatment. Poor hygiene while wearing braces leads to bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. Tartar (calculus) will also build-up around the braces and your gumline. Gingivitis is inflamed, red, swollen or hyperplastic gingival tissue which bleeds upon probing or from mild pressures on the gums during brushing or flossing. It is the result of micro-bacterial infection within the gums. Swollen, inflamed and enlarged tissue slows down orthodontic tooth movement. It causes the tissue to bunch between the teeth hindering space closure and the movement of teeth. The end result is a longer time wearing the braces. Additionally, poor hygiene leaves plaque (a microcosm of bacteria) around the braces and gum line which produces toxins that dissolve your tooth enamel and can leave irreversible white spots on your teeth. Your treatment maybe interrupted or discontinued if you exhibit poor oral hygiene over consecutive orthodontic treatment appointments.
After orthodontic tooth movement, stabilizing and maintaining the correction of teeth is performed via retainers of some type which can be fixed to the teeth or removed to accommodate brushing, flossing and eating. It is now understood that "Life Time Retention" is necessary to help prevent adverse tooth movement after orthodontic treatment. There are few situations when this is not the case. All patients should follow the orthodontist instructions when it comes to keeping your teeth straight and your smile beautiful. Deviation from these instructions can mean need for treatment again, be it limited or full. By all means, notify the orthodontist immediately if your retainer breaks or is lost whether fixed or removable! Don't wait because teeth can literally shift overnight due to many forces acting upon them!