What To Expect When You Get Braces

What to expect when getting braces - Lyons Orthodontics

What to expect when getting braces - Lyons OrthodonticsIt’s okay to feel a little overwhelmed when you’re thinking about getting braces for your teens or yourself. You may have many questions, some concerns, and you may even be worried about whether they are going to hurt or not. There are some things you’ll need to consider before you start your orthodontic treatment with Lyons Orthodontics.

The Initial Process Before Getting Your Braces

The process for braces varies from patient to patient. It also depends on what type of braces you’re looking for. At Lyons Orthodontics, we offer traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners. During your FREE no-obligation consultation, a Lyons Orthodontics orthodontist or team member will have taken 3D x-rays and other images to formulate your treatment plan. Dr. Tim Lyons will go over each step of your treatment plan and answer all your questions and concerns.

Starting Your Orthodontic Treatment

For traditional metal braces, the first step typically is to place bands around your back molars. There may be some pressure at first, but you will not feel any pain. The next step will be to apply an adhesive to your teeth so that the braces brackets can be set in place. Each of the brackets is connected with wires and then secured with elastic bands.

According to our friends at Dental One Care, a dental office in Sterling Heights, MI patients won’t feel any pain during placement. The entire process can take between one and two hours. The entire Lyons Orthodontics team is committed to making your Just Smile journey fun and exciting. We want you to achieve the best results possible!

Discomfort After Placement

You may start to feel a bit of soreness in your teeth and gums after the braces have been placed. The feeling should not be unbearable, but your orthodontist will give you a list of things that you can do to soothe your mouth.

The discomfort should typically last for about a week, during which time you’ll be adjusting to the feel of having braces in your mouth. Once the discomfort passes, you should feel just a little pressure. There’s nothing to worry about! The wires and the rubber bands place pressure upon your teeth to gradually move them. Some of the other discomforts you may feel during the first week or so include: 

  • Soreness and pressure in teeth and gums
  • Soreness or small sores on the inside of lips and cheeks
  • Inflammation in the gums
  • Soreness or small cuts on your tongue, typically from running your tongue across braces

This type of discomfort can most often be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your Folsom orthodontist will be able to offer further advice if they aren’t helping to take the edge off of your pain. Your comfort and happiness are always our top priority. Just remember that a little discomfort means that the treatment is working! Your teeth are transforming into the beautiful and confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Foods to Avoid with Braces

There are certain foods that should be avoided when you have braces. During those first few days and weeks after placement, some specific things can help to bring a bit of soothing comfort to your mouth. These comforting and braces safe foods include the following:

  • Soup
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Macaroni and cheese, or other pasta dishes
  • Yogurt and frozen yogurts
  • Cool drinks
  • Smoothies
  • Oatmeal
  • Soft fruits that include berries and bananas

Foods to Enjoy with Braces

Some of the food items that you should exclude from your diet going forward include the following.

  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Hard or chewy candies
  • Gum
  • Fudge, caramels, and toffees

Steering clear from these will help to protect your braces from any damage. Remember we want you to have the best smile experience! Don’t delay the process by breaking your brackets. 

The majority of orthodontic patients get used to their braces within a few weeks. There may be some further discomfort periodically when you get your braces adjusted or tightened.

Are you ready to have a beautiful and confident smile? Whether you’re looking for traditional braces or Invisalign in El Dorado Hills, you can find the best treatment and solutions offered at Lyons Orthodontics. Contact us today to start your Just Smile journey!

A Parent’s Guide to Invisalign for Kids

guide to Invisalign for kids - lyons orthodontics

guide to Invisalign for kids - lyons orthodonticsIf you are a parent who is considering Invisalign as a way to straighten your child’s teeth, then keep reading to find all the answers to your questions! 

How Soon Can Invisalign Be Started for Kids?

In the past, kids needed to lose all their baby teeth before they could start any orthodontic treatment. While that traditional way of straightening teeth is still available, advances in dental technology have made it possible for Lyons Orthodontics to treat kids at a younger age!

Dr. Tim Lyons explains that the new way to treat kids involves using Invisalign aligners which are specifically designed to address the needs of kids. The primary objective of these devices is to enlarge the arch of kids’ mouths. This means that an orthodontist in El Dorado Hills can start treating your child as young as seven years old.

Will the Child’s Snack and Meal Options Have to Change?

The experts at Lyons Orthodontics are very much aware of the difficulty of providing braces-friendly snacks and meals to children with braces.

However, you do not need to worry about providing different snacks for your child using Invisalign aligners! Your child can still eat everything that they used to eat because the Invisalign aligners can be removed at mealtimes and then put back after the meal.

Will I Have to Buy Special Dental Care Products?

When you get your child started on Invisalign Teen, they will continue to brush and floss as they did before the orthodontic treatment. Therefore, once your child leaves Lyons Orthodontics with a set of aligners, you will not have to buy anything else to maintain the child’s dental hygiene! 

The Invisalign kit has everything you will need for your child’s treatment because the orthodontic devices are designed to be complete systems, unlike the traditional metal braces that require you to buy an angled toothbrush and special flossing thread.

How Does the Cost of Invisalign Compare With the Cost of Metal Braces?

When Invisalign was first brought to the market, the device was more costly compared to traditional metal braces. However, as dental technology has advanced, the cost of these clear aligners have reduced. 

Additionally, our Fair Oaks orthodontist accepts all major dental care PPOs! Many of these cover a portion of the Invisalign cost. You can also talk to Dr. Tim Lyons about available payment plans if you are partially insured or not insured at all.

How Can My Kid Maintain the Aligners?

We asked our friend, Dr. Christopher Green, a dentist in Parker, Colorado, about maintaining Invisalign aligners. Dr. Green recommends that you teach your child how to brush and rinse the aligners in lukewarm water each day in order to keep them clean. He says it is also helpful to ask the child to refrain from chewing gum with the aligners on because this could damage them. Remember to ask your dentist about a case for the aligners. This will provide a safe container for the aligners, and your child will be less likely to misplace or lose them.

What Can Be Done If My Child Lost Their Aligner Set?

If your child were to lose his or her Invisalign aligner set, contact Lyons Orthodontics immediately. The orthodontist will assess your child and either issue a replacement set of aligners, or even switch to the next set if your child was close to the date when the switch was due to be made.

For the best treatment outcomes, Dr. Tim Lyons advises that your child keep the Invisalign aligners on for at least 20 hours each day. You can even monitor how well your child is adhering to this requirement by checking the blue indicators on the aligners. These fade as they react with saliva, so a set of aligners which is worn for fewer hours will not exhibit a significant change in the color on the indicator. Visit Dr. Tim Lyons, a Folsom orthodontist, for more information about how Invisalign Teen can be useful for your child!