Adjusting To Your New Normal With Braces

So, you’ve finally made the great decision to achieve a straighter, more aligned smile with braces. That’s terrific but adjusting to having new ‘hardware’ in your mouth will certainly take some getting use to. The good news is that there’s certainly no need to worry as your teeth will soon adjust, and the discomfort will become less and less. To get you better adjusted to your new normal, we’re happy to share a few tips on how you can still enjoy life with your braces!

Soreness is temporary

Once you have braces, the mouth and teeth may feel generally sore and sensitive to biting pressures. A quick solution for this is to rinse your mouth with warm saline mouthwash, or water with salt. If the discomfort is severe, you may consider over the counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen to alleviate it.

Chewing matters

Because eating and food is such an integral part of our life, we totally understand your concern about eating with braces. During the first few days of having your braces in, you may want to stick with soft foods to avoid discomfort and to protect your orthodontic appliance. Also avoid foods that are chewy, crunchy, or sticky, like bagels, chips, or gum. Eventually, you will be able to resume your favorite snacks that you’ve missed out on.

Brushing and Getting in between your teeth are vital

Of course, you will be more obliged to brush and floss your teeth regularly if you have braces. This routine keeps teeth and gums healthy. When you have braces, food particles could easily get stuck on the wires and bacteria could soon accumulate there. Instead of flossing, a Waterpik is used to rid your mouth of food debris that can get stuck, not only in between your teeth but between your teeth and your braces.

Orthodontics in Houston

We know that adjusting to your braces is not as easy as it sounds, but just think about how improved the appearance and function of your teeth will be when it’s time to remove them! Let the Royal Dental dentists and orthodontists provide you with all the available options to address your needs. Call us today at (713) 330-7700 to book an appointment with us. And, be sure to ask about our $2999 special on braces!

Orthodontic services available to Houston, TX area patients at Royal Dental

Orthodontics houston tx | Royal DentalAt Royal Dental, patients in the area of Houston, TX and beyond can enjoy quality dental care at one of our eight conveniently located practices. Our dentists are committed to providing a wide range of solutions for the smile, including orthodontic work.

Understanding orthodontics

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that focuses on the alignment of the teeth in the dental arch and within the bite. For many years, orthodontics only consisted of traditional braces, where metal brackets and wires were used in repositioning the smile. Fortunately, there are alternatives that have come along, including clear aligner therapy. The team of Royal Dental offers both solutions for patient consideration.

Traditional Braces

For patients with moderate to severe misalignment, traditional braces are often the best treatment option. Traditional braces start with metal brackets being glued to the front of the teeth, which are then connected with a single wire across the dental arch. These are adjusted regularly to help reposition the teeth within the dental arch over the course of several months. These are the most common orthodontic treatments used for children, teenagers, and adults seeking better alignment of the arch and bite.

Invisalign orthodontics

Patients who want a more discreet option may want to consider the benefits of Invisalign orthodontics. Invisalign is sometimes referred to as clear aligner therapy. This method utilizes special plastic trays that are custom-made in a series. Each tray is worn for two weeks until patients reach the end of their treatment—and have obtained their newly aligned smile! Invisalign is often chosen by our patients who have mild to moderate misalignment because it is discreet, easy to use, and effective in achieving the desired results quickly and effectively without the use of brackets and wires.

Are you ready to discuss orthodontics with your dentist?

Contact Royal Dental today to book an appointment at any of our eight convenient locations in the Houston, TX area and surrounding communities, including Baytown, Pearland, Humble, and Sugarland. We can be reached via our main appointment line at (713) 330-7700 and are here to assist you with your dental health care needs.

Why Braces are Just the First Step to a Great Smile

Orthodontist Houston, TX | Braces HumbleAt Royal Dental, patients benefit from our extensive training in the area of orthodontics. Our offices in the Houston area provide personalized care that seeks to obtain the best possible result while also accommodating patients desires. This is why we offer Invisalign as well as conventional orthodontic treatment, followed by appropriate maintenance. Maintenance, as you may assume, means retainer.

Once you have the gorgeous smile you’ve been working so hard for, the last thing you might want is to have to wear a small metal wire across it. We can understand the aversion that many patients have to the idea of wearing a retainer. However, we also have to point out that this is the vital step in orthodontic treatment for lasting results.

Why You Need a Retainer

First, we want to say that a retainer isn’t that bad. In fact, most patients acclimate to their new appliance very quickly. Even if your teeth were straightened with Invisalign, your mouth would adjust to its retainer with relative ease. The question is, will you? We hope you will because a retainer is the only way to keep your teeth in their new, aligned position. When patients do not wear their retainer as directed, there is a very good chance that they will experience what we call orthodontic relapse.

Orthodontic relapse is a common first-year “complication” after orthodontic treatment. The reason why teeth can move back to their old position, even after 18 months or more in braces, is because the ligament that holds teeth in place has been slightly weakened. It’s not so much that orthodontic treatment weakens the ligament and muscle that hold teeth, but that the hold on teeth roots are loosened somewhat by the pressure of orthodontic fixtures. This is necessary to get teeth where we want them. However, the looseness that has occurred doesn’t bounce back overnight. This can take a few years. Therefore, during that time, dentists advise patients to wear a retainer. First, this fixture needs to be in place all the time. After several months, though, retainer wear downgrades to nighttime use only.

We want to help you get and keep the smile of your dreams. For personal dental care in the Houston area, call 713-330-7700.

Children Benefit from Early Orthodontic Evaluation

Historically, braces have been something that we expect to see in the smile of a teenager. Thanks to advances in dentistry, treating misalignment is now more appealing to adults and teens. At Royal Dental, patients from the Houston area can consult with an experienced dentist about the best orthodontic treatment for their needs. In addition to the popular Invisalign treatment for older teens and adults, we also offer early orthodontic evaluation for younger patients.

Optimal Timing for Braces
Dental Braces in houston texas at royal dental usaOrthodontic treatment typically begins sometime around the age of twelve. While braces are efficient at optimizing tooth position, there are benefits to addressing potential issues before the jaw has completed its growth cycle. We encourage parents to schedule an orthodontic evaluation for their children around the age of 7. At this time, it is possible to identify spacing issues that may occur in the coming years. This gives us the opportunity to intervene beforehand, securing significant benefit for the young patient.

Early orthodontic intervention is not always necessary. When we do recommend treatment, it is because we see a benefit in guiding the jaw’s development from an early stage. Doing this, we can minimize the chances that oral surgery or tooth extractions will be necessary later on.

Benefits of early orthodontic care include:
• Maximize the space in the mouth for permanent teeth to grow in without crowding
• More harmonious symmetry across facial features
• Decreased risk of protrusion of the front teeth
• Full orthodontic treatment can be completed more quickly

Every Child is Unique
Not all children need early care to have a healthy, straight smile. An orthodontic evaluation considers each child’s jaw and rate of growth, enabling us to determine the proper course of pediatric dental care. Some of the conditions that are assessed during an orthodontic evaluation include the bite, jaw position, and the harmony amongst teeth.

Early intervention of orthodontic problems does not eliminate the need for formal braces later on, because treatment is completed before all permanent teeth have grown in. A short time in braces can ensure that teeth are in line and that the bite is healthy for life.

Schedule your visit with a Royal Dental office near you.

 

Living Life with Braces

Now that you have taken on the smart way to achieve straighter, more beautiful teeth which are braces, you have to get used to having it in your mouth from now on. Having braces is not as easy as it sounds. There would be a dental contraption attached to your teeth to make them move, which is something totally new for you.

Don’t worry! We will give you tips on how you can still enjoy life with your braces around.

Chewing matters

One thing that you would instantly be worried about is how it would feel to eat with braces. Sooner or later, you can already eat like you used to, but during the first few days, you may want to stick with soft foods to avoid discomfort and to protect your orthodontic appliance. Also avoid foods that are chewy, crunchy, or sticky, like bagels, chips, or gum. You are welcome to take this chance to drop a few pounds as well.

Soreness is normal

Once you have braces, the mouth and teeth may feel generally sore and sensitive to biting pressures. A quick solution to this is to rinse your mouth with warm saline mouthwash, or water with salt. If the discomfort is severe, you can resort to prescribed pain medications to alleviate it.

Brushing and flossing are vital

Of course, you will be more obliged to brush and floss your teeth regularly if you have braces. This routine keeps teeth and gums healthy. When you have braces, food particles could easily get stuck on the wires and bacteria could soon accumulate there.

Orthodontics in Houston

Improve the appearance and function of your teeth with our braces! Our dentists at Royal Dental will also provide you with other available options to address your needs. Call us today at (713) 330-7700 to book an appointment with us.

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