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How to Prepare for Your First Day in Braces

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For many people, braces are a part of growing up (and for others, part of adult life, too!). At any given time, almost one million Canadians are wearing braces. Braces are one of many important tools for proper orthodontic care and dental hygiene. They help to straighten teeth for aesthetic reasons or to reverse overbites/underbites, and to prevent oral health complications later in life.

Many orthodontic patients at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford who are considering braces or are about to get them wonder what braces are like. Will braces hurt? How do I take care of my braces? What kinds of things should I prepare to do on day one?

Thankfully, the Abbotsford dental professionals at Clayburn Dental not only provide dental care, but we also offer full-service orthodontic care to install and treat your braces. We can help you prepare for your first day of braces so you can hit the ground running towards a healthy smile and proper care of your braces.

What is it Like to Get Braces?

When you visit your orthodontist in Abbotsford at Clayburn Dental to have your braces applied, the first thing to know is that the procedure is non-invasive and therefore mostly painless. You will not require any pain medication during the procedure and it’s as convenient as a regular dental check-up appointment.

The brackets of the braces are bonded to your teeth with specialized bonding cement, and then the arch wires are attached to each bracket. Some patients experience a mild discomfort as the wires are attached, as this is the very first time you will feel the pressure that the wires are designed to provide. However, the discomfort generally goes away quickly, if not within a few days, and a vast majority of patients begin not to notice the feeling as they gradually get used to it.

What to Expect on Your First Day With Braces

Once your Abbotsford orthodontist has placed your braces on your teeth, there are a few things to expect and things you should do to make sure that your braces are applied properly, to optimize your teeth’s response to the treatment and to minimize mild soreness.

Your braces will feel awkward on your first day because you’re not used to them. Your inner lips might become irritated as they rub up against the braces, and you might be attempted to “tongue” your braces a lot. These are completely natural reactions, and in time, your braces will start to feel like a natural part of your mouth.

After your braces are applied, using your fingers and your tongue, ensure that any wires aren’t sticking out and extending into areas where they could poke against your inner cheeks or on your tongue.

Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax and that you know how to apply the material to help reduce the irritation against your inner lips and inside your mouth. Go home and start practicing how to clean your braces with special interdental cleaners. It’s never too early to get in the habit of a cleaning routine to take proper care of your braces.

Expert Orthodontic Care at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, our orthodontists can help you adjust to your new braces and provide professional advice and materials so you can start taking care of your braces right away. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 29, 2017/Abbotsford Orthodontist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Prepare for Your First Day in BracesRead More

Tips for Kids With Braces: A How-To Guide for Parents

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Helping Kids Take Care of Their Braces

Getting braces is a common part of growing up in Abbotsford for many kids and young teens. Orthodontists estimate that as much as 45% of all kids require braces for common issues such as an overbite or crowded teeth. The proportion of children who require orthodontic treatment becomes as high as 75% when you include not so obvious problems, such as a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

But despite how increasingly common braces are, children of course can be stubborn and find them frustrating, leading to difficulty in cleaning and oral-hygiene maintenance. Parents understandably want all the help they can get, especially since your children’s smiles are of the utmost importance.

The orthodontic team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford has compiled these tips for braces so parents can help their kids adjust to life with braces and teach kids good skills for orthodontic care.

When Should My Kid Get Braces?

A standard age for getting braces is 10-14. For most children, adult teeth have come in by then and because the jaw is still growing, conditions are favourable for teeth straightening.

However, once baby teeth begin to fall out before the age of 10, check with an orthodontist, because even if adult teeth look like they are coming in straight, there can be crowding issues or overbites/underbites that might be hard to see. Early diagnoses is important for saving time and money!

How to Help My Kid Survive Braces

Many children are self-conscious about braces. They feel uncomfortable and hesitate to smile. Try to encourage them to smile as much as possible. Show old photos of yourself when you had braces to give them an idea of before/after results. Emphasize to them that the end results will be worth it.

Having braces is also a great opportunity to teach kids responsibility. Learning self-discipline over avoiding gum, popcorn and hard candy, as well as what can happen if you lose a retainer, can become easy since there are direct consequences to actions that kids can see and feel first-hand. Explaining these things to them often helps young children learn to better take care of their braces too!

Tips to Help Kids Clean Their Braces

Sometimes, the basics are the best place to start. Making sure your kids brush at least three times a day and ideally after every meal is a great way to help them care for their braces.

Save the flossing for night-time when both parent and child have the time to do it meticulously; this is also a great opportunity to help teach the kids some important lessons for oral hygiene. Nobody wants to be late for school!

For stubborn kids, you and your orthodontist can explain that lacklustre cleaning will simply lead to having the braces on for an even longer period of time. This is a great tip to help your kids start cleaning their braces regularly.

Maintenance Tips for Braces

Some children require rubber bands as part of their braces treatment. A handy tip is to make sure your kids always carry backup rubber bands with them in case the bands break or they need to be replaced in a jiffy.

If the bands are causing any pain for your child with braces—don’t worry, the pain will go away, especially since after more usage, the bands will gradually help to mitigate pain caused by hooks attached to brackets.

If the brackets or wires ever become loose or broken, make sure to see your orthodontist as soon as you can. In the meantime, if anything is protruding and rubbing up against your child’s gums, you can reduce the pain and irritation with wax or wet cotton.

Braces for Kids at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Clayburn Dental Office offers full orthodontic services in addition to our regular dental services to all of our family patients in Abbotsford.

Having an orthodontist on site means your dentist can easily recommend to you any potential orthodontic treatment while your child is being checked-up. We will always work with you to explain procedures, provide comprehensive and transparent quotes and develop custom plans for each one of your kids so you can feel as comfortable as possible in getting braces for your children.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn how we can help with our child’s dental health.

By : Clayburn Dental/December 08, 2016/Abbotsford Orthodontist/ CommentsRead More

Eating Nutritious Food is as Important as Not Eating Junk

Eating Nutritious FoodEating more nutritious food is probably just as important as staying away from sticky, sugary, cavity-causing foods. Carrots, just one example of foods that give your oral health a boost, can act like a toothbrush by scraping away some of the bacteria and plaque on teeth. High in beta-carotene, carrots may also lower your risk of oral cancer. (There is also evidence that beta-carotene may even help people who already have some forms of oral cancer.) In one study, just 30mg of beta-carotene a day (about 2½ carrots) produced improvement in up to 70% of cases of people with leukoplakia, the white lesions in the mouth that can mark the early stages of oral cancer.

By : Stephen Wall/September 05, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Abbotsford Orthodontist, General, Othodontics, Uncategorized/ CommentsRead More

Abbotsford Dentist Blog

Your Abbotsford dentist along with all of the staff at Clayburn Dental Centre are proud to announce the launch of our new website. We hope to provide you with the same comfortable atmosphere that you can expect at our office and give you the same top notch service and advice that you have come to expect from the expert staff at Clayburn Dental Centre.

You’ll find great dental health advice in the form of articles and videos on this blog – please let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered here.

By : Elena Canete/December 21, 2012/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Abbotsford Orthodontist, General, Othodontics/ CommentsRead More