When most people think of orthodontics, they think of traditional braces. Also known as metal braces, today’s dental braces are less noticeable and more comfortable than the ones many adults remember from their childhood experiences. At Columbia Town Center Orthodontics, we provide a comprehensive array of orthodontic services, including metal braces. We can correct severe orthodontic problems and also help you find a smile you will love. To learn more about the advantages of metal braces in Columbia, MD, contact us at Columbia Town Center Orthodontics today.
Types of Braces
If you are considering orthodontic services, you may be wondering about the differences in the types of dental braces. Metal, or traditional braces, are by far the most reliable method of straightening teeth. As long as your mouth is healthy and oral health and dental hygiene are taken seriously, most orthodontic issues can be corrected with metal braces. Metal braces are quite sturdy, so you are less likely to damage them over the course of treatment. Additionally, they can be used by anyone of any age.
Another popular option for braces is ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are the similar shape and size as metal braces, however, they are clear or tooth-colored, and blend in with your teeth so they are considerably less visible than metal braces.
Life With Braces
When you wear braces, proper dental hygiene is important to avoid damage to the teeth. You should thoroughly brush your teeth using a soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush and toothpaste after each meal or snack. When brushing, brush all of the parts of the braces and each surface of every tooth. Your braces should always look clean and shiny, and the edges of the brackets should be visible. Your toothbrush must be replaced as soon as it begins to show signs of wear so that your teeth can be cleaned effectively.
At times when using a toothbrush and toothpaste is not possible, Dr. Steiner advises rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water after eating. Rinsing your mouth well can remove larger food particles trapped in the braces and between the teeth until such a time when your teeth can be brushed properly.
It is also very important that you floss every night before going to bed. Using a floss threader with floss, or using a Waterpik Flosser is an important additional step to ensure that your entire mouth is clean.
While wearing your traditional braces, you may need to make a few dietary adjustments to keep your braces in top-notch condition. You can eat most foods, including dairy, bread, meat, vegetables, and several types of treats. However, with any type of braces, you should avoid certain types of foods, including:
- Crunchy foods, ice and hard candies
- Chewy foods, like gummies, licorice and other chewy candies
- Hard foods, including nuts, unpopped kernels of corn and hard candies
- Sticky foods, like gum and caramel
At Columbia Town Center Orthodontics, we give our patients a list of things to do and foods to avoid while in braces. We also advise our patients with braces to eliminate habits like nail-biting and smoking prior to getting braces. Eliminating these habits will help you avoid damaging your braces and prolonging treatment or damaging your teeth while during orthodontic treatment.
Contact Columbia Town Center Orthodontics Today
Are you ready to have the smile you have always wanted? We are prepared to help! With several decades of experience, our award-winning team, led by Dr. Steiner, has the skill and expertise to provide you with the care you deserve. To learn more about metal braces in Columbia, MD from Baltimore’s top orthodontists, or to inquire about the other orthodontic treatments we provide, such as Invisalign services, contact us today at 410.873.9242.