WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
Dr. Hodge is a specialist
We treat our patients like family
State of the art equipment
WE UNDERSTAND YOUR LIFESTYLE
We believe everyone should have access to orthodontic treatment.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
The first thing we will ask you to do is to complete a medical and dental history form. That will help us understand if there are any medical or dental issues that may require modifications of your treatment. After that we will take photographs of your teeth. We use those help you visualize the issues we see as well as to help you show Dr. Hodge the issues that you see. If Dr. Hodge thinks that radiographs are helpful at that time, we will take one or two radriographs of the teeth and jaws. Then Dr. Hodge will perform a complete orthodontic evaluations and discuss the findings of her evaluation, the photos and the radiographs with you. She will listen to your concerns and present treatment options that will lead to the results you want.
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LIFE WITH BRACES
Will my teeth hurt after I get braces?
How do I keep my teeth and braces clean?
We recommend that you use a small head toothbrush with soft bristles. The small head makes is easier to remove plaque and food from hard to reach areas. The soft bristles are important to preserve your gums. A small proxy-brush, shaped like a christmas tree, is great to to remove food and plaque around the brackets and underneath the wires.
It is also very important keep flossing your teeth during orthodontic treatment. You can use floss threaders or orthodontic flossers to help you get the floss underneath the wires so that you clean below the gum line.
What happens if I don’t keep my teeth clean?
One of the most common problems we see is the development of white stains around the brackets. Those stains are mostly irreversible. They are the result of decalcification of the enamel and can progress to cavities.
Another common issues that can develop are red, swollen gums that bleed when touched. Those are signs that the gums are inflamed. In extreme cases, that inflammation can progress to the bones that hold the teeth and cause the teeth to get lose. If this condition is left untreated, it can cause tooth loss. Sometimes surgery is necessary to trim the gums that grew around the brackets.
What do I do if something breaks?
If the last bracket in the arch breaks and the wire is poking you, you can use fingernail clippers to trim the wire. That should keep you comfortable until you are able to come into the office to have the bracket repaired and the wire replaced.