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When Do I Get My Braces Off?

That seems like the common question if not the most common thought on everyone wearing braces. Getting the braces on takes some time to adjust but time can never come quickly enough when it’s time to get them off. Before we start your treatment plan we do try to give the best estimated timeline for how long your braces will stay on but there are a few factors that come into account and one of them is you. Are you wearing your elastics as prescribed? Are you making all of your scheduled appointments? Theses are some questions to consider before the braces come off. Are my teeth straight? Do my top teeth line up correctly with my bottom teeth? Are there any spaces left between teeth that need to be closed? Do the upper teeth overlap the lower front teeth correctly? Is the overbite or underbite corrected? How long has it been since everything has been corrected?   Of course we are always adjusting the timeline to get your braces off but we are happy to discuss your progress as the treatment progresses to give you a more accurate time. At DelliGatti and Milewski Orthodontic Group we strive to keep [...]

March 1st, 2016|Braces|Comments Off on When Do I Get My Braces Off?

Tips for Wearing Braces

Make Time for Appointments No matter how diligent you are in cleaning your braces, a good cleaning from the dentist every six months will keep your teeth in best shape. And don’t forget us, your orthodontists. Regular check ups will help in the progress of your orthodontic treatment plan. Get Pointy Brushes for Those Small Spaces Interproximal brushed (also called proxa or interdental brushes) are small cone shaped tooth brushed that are sometimes helpful to reach spots around your braces your regular toothbrush might not be able to get to easily. Get Your Teeth Wet A waterpik is an easier way to clear items out between your teeth. It may get a little messy with water but is easy and quick to use. Just be sure to avoid the highest settings. Protect Yourself If you play a sport we can fit you for a mouth guard in the office. Nothing is more painful to your mouth with braces then getting hit in the face without a mouth guard. Avoid the Sticky and Hard Foods Just because you have braces you can still enjoy your favorite foods but some foods are more prone to getting caught in the wires or even [...]

February 25th, 2016|Braces|Comments Off on Tips for Wearing Braces

Halloween and Braces

It’s that fun time of year. The weather is changing and it’s time to get on your favorite costume for Halloween. As kids are going out trick or treating and attending parties they of course want to have fun with the candy and sweets. Braces are bonded to the surface of teeth and can be damaged if that bond is broken. Certain candies can break brackets and bend wires. Avoid candy that’s sticky as they tend to stick to the teeth as you chew, creating tension on the braces and potentially loosening them. With braces kids can still enjoy this time of year but there are some treats to avoid and consider. Halloween Candy & Food Kids Can Enjoy Plain M&Ms Peanut Butter Cups Hershey Bars Kit Kat Bars Hershey Kisses Three Musketeers Peppermint Patties Ice Cream Smoothies Apple Cider Root Beer Floats Halloween Candy to Avoid Bubblegum All Hard Candy Taffy Licorice Jelly Beans Candy Corns Popcorn Chewy Candy Caramel and Candy Apples Tootisie Rolls Starburst Skittles It may be the last thing on their mind but be sure they brush their teeth right after eating candy. If you do not have access to a toothbrush, simply rinse your mouth [...]

October 29th, 2015|Braces|0 Comments