SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT
BENEFITS OF ORTHODONTICS AND TREATMENT MODALITIES
a perfect fit for EVERY AGE
TREATMENT FOR KIDS
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every kid has an orthodontic check up at age 7. At that age, Dr. Hodge can detect problems that, if treated early, can prevent permanent damage and make full treatment faster and less complicated.
Early limited orthodontic treatment is recommended for:
- Some types of underbites
- Harmful oral habits, such as thumb or finger sucking
- Guiding permanent teeth into favored positions
- Other issues
TREATMENT FOR TEENAGERS
TREATMENT FOR ADULTS
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.