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Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

Orthodontics (which is also called dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized field of dentistry. Orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of both facial and dental abnormalities.

An orthodontist is a highly skilled dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional advanced training and experience. Dr. Austin Rahaim is eminently qualified to straighten teeth, correct jaw structure that is misaligned, and ultimately improve the functionality of your smile.

Any age is appropriate to utilize an orthodontist if you are seeking to gain improvement in the look and function of your smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the recommended age for a child’s initial visit to an orthodontist is around seven years of age, but orthodontic treatments are not reserved exclusively to children and teenagers. Approximately one out of every five individuals who receive orthodontic treatment exceeds the age of 21. Regardless of whether you are considering treatment for either a child or yourself, any age is a good age to visit Dr. Austin Rahaim.

Remember to ALWAYS brush your teeth after every meal as well as to floss your teeth a minimum of once each day.
Be certain to utilize a toothpaste that contains fluoride and ask Dr. Austin Rahaim or your family dentist if you should utilize a fluoride rinse. The utilization of fluoride to maintain your oral health will help with cavity prevention.

If you remove the retainer from your mouth when you eat, do not forget to both brush your teeth as well as floss. Do not forget to keep the retainer in the safety of its container which will significantly reduce the possibility that the retainer could be either lost or damaged.

It is important to keep your retainer clean by gently brushing with a toothbrush as well as toothpaste. As instructed by Dr. Austin Rahaim, your retainer may also be soaked in an approved denture cleaner solution. Under no circumstances should you ever immerse your retainer in boiling water or attempt your retainer in a dishwasher.

During orthodontic treatment, be sure to do your best to avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar such as soft drinks and sugar laden breakfast cereals. (The number of bacteria that grows in your mouth will increase when you consume foods that contain an abundance of sugar. The increase in bacteria in your mouth will cause additional plaque build-up on your teeth and can also possibly lead to cavities.

Foods that require vigorous chewing, as well as foods that are particularly sticky, should be avoided such as caramel, chewing gum, and gummy bears. Hard foods such as hard candy, nuts, and ice cubes should also be avoided. Additionally, you should also avoid foods such as corn on the cob, popcorn, soft bagels, ribs, and taffy which can become lodged in your braces.
Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. Routine timely checkups with your family dentist should be scheduled. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should continue to visit your family dentist every six months.

Braces are utilized by used by Dr. Austin Rahaim to assist in the improvement of the way that you look and the appearance and function of your smile. A selection from a variety of different types of braces is available which include:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

Because all smiles respond differently to orthodontic treatment, the amount of time that an individual will wear braces will vary from patient to patient. The typical orthodontic treatment that applies braces will last around 22 months. However, on occasion, treatment times can vary significantly to a time frame of between 6 and 30 months. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.

Braces are rarely painful to wear. Normally a patient that wears braces will feel a small degree of discomfort that lasts for a few days. Any discomfort will almost always completely dissipate as the teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth cavity becomes used to wearing newly installed braces.

To keep your teeth, gums, and mouth both clean and healthy while wearing braces, you should brush your teeth a minimum of three times each day. Any food particles that could be trapped between the braces will be removed by regular brushing of your teeth. In places where your brushing cannot reach, daily flossing will help get in between the braces which the brush cannot reach. Dr. Austin Rahaim will provide directions on how to properly brush and floss your teeth after your braces are installed.

This is a definite YES! After patients receive orthodontic treatment, it becomes more important that each patient that wears braces schedule visits with their family dentist on a very regular basis. When you wear braces, sometimes food particles can become trapped in areas in your mouth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Trapped food particles can cause harmful bacteria to build up in the mouth which can eventually develop into cavities, gingivitis, as well as gum disease. Dr. Austin Rahaim will develop a close working relationship with your family dentist which will ensure that your teeth and mouth stay clean and healthy during the entire period that you wear braces.

When braces are initially installed, performing on a wind instrument, or participating in a contact sport such as football might require some adjustment. However, the wearing of braces will not cause anyone to stop participating in any existing school activities and events. It is highly recommended that individuals who participate in a contact sport wear a removable mouthguard which will protect braces or appliances from being damaged.

You can call Smiles By Design Orthodontics in D’Iberville at (228) 400-2100. The Smiles By Design Orthodontics telephone receptionist will be happy to schedule your next appointment at your personal convenience.

If you are a new patient or are a patient that has been referred to Smiles By Design Orthodontics, be sure to let the telephone receptionist know. The Smiles By Design Orthodontics telephone receptionist will provide you with all the directions and information you will need to complete the scheduling of the appointment.

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