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FAQs

Do braces cause caries and decalcification?

Orthodontic appliances per se do not cause tooth decay. They nevertheless facilitate the deposition of dental plaque and food particles.
Brushing your teeth carefully after every meal is therefore even more important during your treatment.
Loose bands and brackets increase the risk of caries, so be sure to check them on a daily basis.

Do braces hurt?

As they project from your teeth your mouth will need a few days to get adjusted to brackets. You may have sore gums and a sore tongue during the first days of having them in. We therefore provide soft wax for relief during this phase of your treatment.
Your teeth will be moved using gentle pressure. Your teeth and gums may be tender for a few days after the bonding of braces to your teeth and after adjustment appointments.
The amount of discomfort varies from patient to patient, but usually does not last more than 24-48 hours. Please contact our office if discomfort lasts longer than this period.

Will I have an allergic reaction to braces?

Allergic reactions in response to the materials used are extremely rare.

Can I eat all types of food during orthodontic treatment?

It is advisable to avoid sweets between meals. Please avoid chewing gum containing sugar.  In addition, be careful when you eat hard food (e.g. carrots, apples, hard bread crust) as it may loosen your braces.

How often will I be scheduled for check-up visits during my orthodontic treatment?

Patient check-ups usually take place around every four to eight weeks.

What do I do in the event of a loose bracket, loose band, or broken wire?

Please contact the office as soon as possible.

Why do teeth have to be removed in some cases?

Some patients have very large teeth but small jawbones.
Although it is almost always possible to fit all teeth into a small jawbone, it is sometimes more reasonable to sacrifice a tooth or two. This ensures that remaining teeth are surrounded by a sufficient amount of healthy bone and a strong periodontium, which in turn enables teeth to receive adequate nutrition and remain healthy for the remainder of the patient’s life.
Electing to keep teeth may result in receding gums, periodontitis and premature loss of teeth later on in life. In addition, leaving teeth in place in a small jawbone is less appealing from an optical perspective. The teeth may stick out too much and make it difficult for the patient to close their lips.

Are dental check-ups at the family dentist necessary during orthodontic treatment?

Routine caries check-ups and professional cleaning must continue to be carried out at your family dentist during orthodontic treatment. 

Is retention required after the removal of braces?

Teeth tend to move back to their original position further to brace removal. This is called “relapse”. To avoid this, retainers are used to hold teeth in their new position further to brace removal.

Can braces cause gingivitis?

Swollen gums are very often the first sign of insufficient oral hygiene.
The bacteria in dental plaque may cause gum inflammation, and swollen gums tend to bleed easily and turn a dark red colour. In addition, this situation may lead to receding gums and loss of the underlying bone (periodontitis). Periodontal problems which cannot be brought under control may lead to the termination of orthodontic treatment.

Can root resorption occur during orthodontic treatment?

Root resorption is the term used for the shortening of the root of a tooth. It is nearly impossible to predict a patient’s susceptibility to this condition. The incidence of root resorption increases with extended orthodontic treatment time. It is therefore essential that you cooperate fully during treatment in order to minimize your treatment time.

May I chew gum during orthodontic treatment?

Sure, but please chew SUGARFREE gum!
Studies show that soreness during the initial phases of the orthodontic therapy, can be reduced by chewing gum. The explanation is the following: Soreness is caused by a transient ischemia of the tissue. Chewing gum can reduce the ischemia, and thereby reduce the soreness.