Life with Braces

Treatment in our Office

Our patients range in age from young children to senior citizens, with many different orthodontic concerns that vary in severity.  Dr. Furlong is sensitive to the unique needs of each person, and her recommendations are based on their orthodontic needs as well as their personal preferences.  We use a variety of the most up-to-date techniques that are comfortable, hygienic, and esthetic.

We make it our priority to help our patients in treatment achieve the best oral health.  Each patient gets a thorough oral hygiene kit, we grade and review oral hygiene at each visit, and we send progress reports home and to the primary dentist.  It is also important to continue to see your primary dentist at least every 6 months during treatment. 

We strive on making all appointments as convenient as possible to fit your scheduling needs.  Because our efficient mechanics allow for fewer appointments, average visits are every 2-3 months.  We typically reserve longer procedures in the morning or early afternoon, and we prefer to schedule next visits before you leave the office.  In addition to appointment reminder slips (you receive in the office) you are able to get an automated phone call, an email, or a text message reminder prior to your appointments.

It is our goal to make treatment a positive experience that results in life-long benefits.

Taking care of your appliances:
Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It's important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.

Foods to avoid with braces:

*Chewy foods *Crunchy foods *Sticky foods *Hard foods

Our team will give you a full list of what to and not to eat during treatment and would be happy to help you find an alternative to these types of foods.

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances:

When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever! To help make you comfortable, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water, swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes (do not swallow the saltwater).

If you are uncomfortable you may also try taking a pain reliever. It is also not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. Please refer to your care package you received at you braces on appointment for wax and instructions.

Loose Wires and Bands:

The wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

You can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire, or you may even cut the wire to become comfortable.

Take Care of Your Appliances:

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, headgear, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Playing Sports with Braces:

You are still able play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! If you do play sports, it's recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and your appliance.  Please advise one of our team members about the sport(s) you are involved with and they will make sure you have the correct mouthguard. In case of a sports emergency, be sure to immediately check your mouth and appliance for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact your general dentist office right away, and they will get in contact with us. 

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