What color of braces should I get
The first braces
For example, if your child has received advice from the dentist to go to the orthodontist to get braces, then you and your child may first ask yourself a few questions. In the following, we would like to inform you about what your child can expect from both loose and fixed braces.
Manufacture of braces
If your child needs braces, whether fixed or removable, an impression must first be made of their teeth. This is important because it allows us to determine the rows of teeth and the position of the jaws in relation to one another. Each set of teeth is individual and must therefore be held in a model-like manner beforehand in order to be able to manufacture braces.
In order to create the impression, a quasi pudding-like mass, mostly alginate, is applied to the teeth with a small mold, a so-called "spoon", which acts as a carrier for the mass. This spoon is then pressed against the teeth from below at the top and bottom of the dentition in order to obtain an impression. A special taste is used here for children, which they can even choose themselves. The spoon only needs to stay in the mouth for a short time to take an impression. This process is harmless. We have a few tricks up our sleeve to make impression taking comfortable, even for anxious children. With the help of this impression, the braces are made in a dental laboratory.
The first few days with the braces
When your child receives their braces, they will have to get used to the braces first. Because of course wearing braces creates a completely new feeling in the mouth and causes changes there.
What can happen
- When wearing both fixed and loose braces, your child will initially feel a slight pressure in the mouth, which can also be associated with bite sensitivity. This is completely normal, because the braces in the mouth put therapeutic pressure on the teeth, but this usually subsides after two to three days.
- If the loose braces are readjusted, then this feeling will reappear for a short time each time after the changeover, as the pressure on the teeth changes each time.
- With fixed braces it can also happen that the insides of the cheeks, the tongue or the lips are slightly reddened or rubbed sore, because the soft tissues are initially irritated by the "foreign body" in the mouth and must first touch the wire or the brackets that rub against it , get used to. To avoid this, we provide special masking materials for the home that prevent chafing. After a few weeks, your child will have become so used to the appliance that it is no longer necessary to cover it.
- In addition, with fixed braces it can happen that your child has problems chewing for the first few days. Especially when the pressure on the teeth is still new, chewing hard food can be uncomfortable. Therefore, your child should rather eat soft foods for the first few days.
- Increased salivation can also occur initially and is completely normal if braces (whether loose or tight) are worn.
In general, it only takes a few weeks for the body to fully get used to the braces, after which most children no longer even notice that the braces are in their mouth. Of course, the adjustment time is different for each child and varies accordingly. The initial complaints such as bite sensitivity and pressure in the mouth are fortunately over after approx. 3 to 5 days.
If your child has problems with the braces for a longer period of time, please come to our practice.
Taking care of the braces
Proper care of the braces is very important because just like your child's teeth, the braces should be clean to prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth. Because deposits also form on braces.
Maintaining loose braces
Your child should clean the loose braces regularly with a toothbrush and toothpaste. To do this, please hold the braces on the plastic part and not on the wires, as these could otherwise bend. Then your child simply brushes the braces with the toothbrush until all deposits are removed. It is important that a second and not the same toothbrush is used for this as when brushing your teeth. It is best to always brush the braces immediately after wearing them so that saliva does not stick in the first place and can later smell unpleasant.
With braces cleaning tablets available in the supermarket, your child can also clean the braces, but they only need to be used rarely and only for very stubborn deposits. They are simply dissolved in the water and the braces are then put in, for example during school days when the braces are not worn. In the afternoon, your child rinses the braces under clear water and can put them back on.
Maintaining fixed braces
Fixed braces must be cleaned particularly thoroughly. Food residues can settle under the wires and brackets and lead to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums if the teeth are not properly cared for. For this reason, your child should always "invest" enough in cleaning their braces when brushing their teeth regularly until all food residues and plaque have really been removed.
Fixed braces are best cleaned in several steps:
- First, your child should rinse their mouth thoroughly with water to get rid of any superficial residue or debris.
- Then it brushes its teeth with its toothbrush and toothpaste. If possible, it should brush at a 45 degree angle to the teeth so that it also gets under the wires.
- So-called interdental and ortho brushes are suitable for the small spaces and brackets that your child has difficulty reaching with their toothbrushes. These are moved up and down between the wires and interdental spaces. We are happy to show your child how it works properly in practice.
- Then the mouth should be rinsed out again with water. Mouthwashes for children are also recommended.
- Your child can also brush their teeth with an electric toothbrush if they are wearing braces. There are also special Ortho attachments for electric toothbrushes.
- As an addition, an oral irrigator can be useful to remove coarse food residues before brushing your teeth.
Do's and don'ts
If your child wears loose braces, they should always take them out to eat. This is of course different with fixed braces: Your child should therefore avoid some foods while wearing fixed braces:
- Avoid eating sticky foods like liquorice or chewing gum if possible. The remains of sticky food are very difficult to remove from the braces. If at all, sweets should be "concentrated" once rather than eaten throughout the day. Don't forget to brush your teeth afterwards.
- Food that is too hard should also be avoided or at least cut into small, bite-sized pieces to chew and then carefully chewed.
- Raw carrots, for example, shouldn't be eaten by your child in chunks that are too large. This could cause brackets to loosen or wires to bend.
- In general, nuts or caramel candies should be avoided.
The treatment with braces and the duration of the treatment always depends on the individual case and cannot be given in general terms. In any case, it is necessary for your child to return to check-up appointments so that we can determine how successful the treatment is. These usually take place every 4 to 8 weeks.
- The loose braces of your child are regularly tightened or widened by us so that they can have an active effect on the teeth.
- We also readjust the fixed braces at regular intervals during the check-up appointments. With some types of brackets, your child can also choose new colors for the so-called "Alastics", i.e. the rubber bands with which the archwires are attached to the brackets, if this is desired.
In the event of problems such as pricking wires or falling brackets, you and your child should always come to us as soon as possible so that the treatment can continue as pleasantly and successfully as possible.
Do you have any further questions?
Feel free to make an appointment with us!
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