November 19th, 2013
June 28th, 2013
They may be ‘low-tech’— but rubber bands, or elastics, can be an integral part of Orthodontic care. If one of our expert ARCH Orthodontic doctors has prescribed elastics as a part of your treatment, it’s the most important thing you can do to get a great result in the right time – so follow the directions and use them always!
Elastics help to align your bite and cause teeth to move in desired directions to straighten and correct your bite more quickly. We will instruct you how to hook one end at one place and the other to another location on your braces so the rubber band pressure can change tooth position. It is the tension of the rubber band that produces pressure on the bracket, which causes the teeth to move. This gentle tension over time is all that is needed in most cases to correct an overbite or an under bite and help make a beautiful face.
Here are a few things to remember about rubber bands:
- If asked to wear elastics, wear them all the time! – including during meals! When you open and close your mouth during eating, you get an extra tooth moving boost! It shortens treatment time and gives a better result.
- When you brush after meals, place them on your pinkie fingers and replace them in your mouth immediately.
- If you try to open your mouth too wide, your rubber bands might snap – so carry an extra bag (we give you two bags full) and replace immediately
- Failure or forgetting to wear them is not a good excuse – when you wear your elastics full time or as instructed your treatment time will be shorter and better. Failures in use of elastics will make it more difficult to achieve optimal results and take longer time to complete..
Few patients love their elastics, but everyone who follows their ARCH Orthodontist’s instructions loves the results. Your time in elastics will be soon gone and you will enjoy your perfect, new smile forever!
June 13th, 2013
Phase One Orthodontic treatment can be thought of as correcting your child’s tooth foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles, and occurs when your child has a mixture of primary and permanent teeth. At this time the bones of the foundation (jaws) are pliable and ligaments can easily and comfortably be stretched to accommodate the developing teeth or correct facial contour.
The goal of Phase One treatment is to help the jaw develop in a way that will accommodate all of the permanent teeth and to improve the way the upper and lower jaws fit together. If an ARCH Orthodontics Doctor has recommended early treatment, this may mean that your child has exhibited early signs of jaw problems, such as an upper or lower jaw that is growing too much, not enough, or is too narrow.
Early treatment may also be used to avoid permanent tooth extraction later and will deliver better long-term results and more treatment options in the future.
The second phase of treatment, usually including a full set of braces, begins when almost all permanent teeth have erupted and is necessary in order for your child to achieve an ideal bite and perfectly straight teeth.
June 8th, 2013
When you visit ARCH Orthodontics, you’ll probably have lots of questions. We want you to be prepared and feel in charge of your treatment decisions, so here are some common questions we hear from patients.
- What is my problem as you examine my mouth?
- How long will it take to fix what is not correct?
- What do we have to do the correct my problem?
- Does it hurt to have this special Orthodontic treatment?
- What can I eat when if I need braces? What foods should I avoid?
- Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
- What work do I have to do to keep my teeth and gums healthy? Are there any special tooth-brushing tips I need to learn?
- How often will I need to come in for appointments?
- How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?
Of course, you’ll probably have some more of your own questions. Write them down and bring them with you.
Our expert team is here to answer your questions and explain all parts of your treatment plan. We will show you some people who have had problems like yours and let you enjoy your expected outcome. We make sure your Orthodontic experience is comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, will leave you smiling. We will make your visit the best part of your day!