Braces have been around for over 100 years and there’s one big reason for this – they work!

Braces are a combination of attachments (called brackets or bonds) that are glued to your teeth which can be used in combination with small bands used on the back teeth.  An archwire connects the teeth together and acts as a guide for the teeth to move along which generates pressure to ultimately move your teeth to their desired position.

It will take about an hour to place your braces at AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek and you will need to come in for a check-up every six to eight weeks.

The time taken for treatment will depend on the severity of the problem and how far your teeth have to move as well as your age which determines your rate of bone turnover.  Treatment can range between 6 and 30 months.

Standard braces have been used to treat many millions of patients over many decades and are the most cost-effective way of producing a perfect smile.

Incognito braces

Incognito™ Lingual Braces from 3M are placed on the inner side of your teeth—so no one will know you have got braces.  Because of the way Incognito braces are custom-made they require fewer adjustments and visits to AAA Orthodontics.

Advantages of incognito braces include:

  • Minimal discomfort due to the fact that the wires can be inserted closer to your teeth.
  • Incognito™ braces are suitable for everyone. If you can get traditional braces, you should be a suitable candidate for Incognito™ braces.

Insignia braces

Insignia braces are computer designed braces with their own customised treatment plan. These braces are tailor-made to suit your specific oral anatomy. During your initial consultation an impression of your teeth will be taken and sent off to the Insignia smile design lab.

Insignia braces are tailored to suit your specific needs. One of the advantages of Insignia braces is that the braces are calculated to affect tooth movement in the optimum way. This means the braces will be more comfortable and will require fewer visits to the dentist.

Braces and tooth discomfort

Knowing that your teeth are in the process of getting fixed can be exciting! You can almost envision the assortment of wide-mouthed smiles you will soon be able to bestow on all that look at you. There’s just that tiny issue of discomfort…

The first few days of wearing new braces, or newly-tightened braces can be a little painful. However, the discomfort is usually short-lived. These easy tips can help ease the soreness.

Drink cold liquids

Now here’s a reason to finish that last can of soda in the fridge. Cold liquids reduce the inflammation and pain in the mouth by numbing it.

Eat cold foods

Cold foods, like ice-cream, yoghurt, and even refrigerated fruit and vegetables have a soothing effect.

Use an ice-pack

Wrap an ice-pack in some cloth and apply it to the outside of your mouth. The numbing sensation of ice will ease the tooth discomfort.

Eat soft foods

Soft foods like cheese, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy and pudding are good choices in that these are less likely to cause pain to sensitive teeth.

Avoid acidic drinks

Drinks that contain high levels of acid (orange and tomato juice) may irritate mouth sores and cause further discomfort to sensitive teeth.

Try a salt-water rinse

Rinse your mouth with a salt and warm water solution for about 30 seconds before spitting out.

Try topical anaesthetics and rinses

Topical anaesthetics and hydrogen-peroxide based products help reduce infection and inflammation, thus providing relief to your teeth.

Over-the-counter painkillers

If the tooth pain intensifies after your braces are adjusted, painkillers like Ibuprofen should provide relief.

Use ortho wax

Applying ortho wax to those sore areas, reduces friction between the braces, teeth and gums, thereby easing tooth discomfort.

For further information on our braces please peruse our FAQs below.

How long will the braces be on?

Treatment time depends on a number of factors including the severity of the orthodontic problem. Treatment may range from 6-9 months up to 30 months with most being in the 18-24 month range.

Do braces hurt?

Fitting the braces does not hurt but the teeth usually start to hurt a few hours later. This can be managed with analgesics. Braces are not like they used to be and the latest “high tech” wires reduce the forces while acting over a greater range of movement. This means less discomfort and shorter treatment times. The lips and cheeks may need a few days to become used to the braces and ulcers may occur during this time.

What foods should I avoid when my braces are on?

Avoid consuming hard and sticky foods. Generally if you would normally eat it with a knife and fork you can eat it when you have braces. Hard and sticky foods damage your braces and can make your treatment take a lot longer.

How do I clean my teeth with braces on?

You will be shown how to do this. Your toothbrush should have soft bristles and a small head and you will need to replace it regularly. You should brush your teeth after every time you eat. If your brushing is poor you may have frosty white marks on your teeth where they have begun to decay around (not under) the braces. These marks are permanent.

How can I help my child keep their braces clean?

Children are not the most attentive when it comes to caring for and maintaining their teeth. If your child has braces and you’re wondering how you could help them keep it clean, then here are some tips for you:

Always rinse: Get your child to clean their teeth after each meal by instructing them to rinse their mouths first before brushing. Rinsing after each meal will help loosen any stuck food particles which will make it easier to remove when brushing and flossing.

Floss: Make sure to help your child (if they need it) to floss at least once a day. Flossing (especially at night) helps to loosen trapped food bits and plaque found under the gum line. Flossing also helps reach all the small and tricky areas which would otherwise be missed by a toothbrush.

Fluoride: Get your child to use a fluoride toothpaste when brushing, followed by gargling with a fluoride rinse to help keep their teeth strong.

Dentist visits: Don’t skip the regular dentist visits. Take your child for their regular dentist visits to get a thorough cleaning done and so that the dentist can take care of any problems before they arise.

If you would like to start achieving a smile you can be confident about, or if you would like to learn more about braces, please do not hesitate to contact the team at AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek.

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