Understanding the Milwaukee braces process – from preparation to during treatment and after – will help ensure you get the best result.
Before you get braces…
Make sure you take good care of your – or your child’s – teeth early… all along the way.
On a regular basis, this includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day (but preferably after each meal), using a total care mouthwash (that fights / resists bacteria and tartar), and flossing.
It also means getting your teeth cleaned by your Milwaukee family dentist every six months (or more often if your Milwaukee dentist recommends it) and staying on your personal dental x-ray schedule too.
For kids – make sure you don’t put off their initial visit, thinking they are “too young” to get started. The right pediatric dentist or family dentist can help you prepare for your child’s Milwaukee braces treatment years in advance!
Research and choose the right dental professional for your Milwaukee braces treatment.
It’s very important you choose a professional for your Milwaukee braces who is trained specifically in Orthodontics. While every Milwaukee Dentist and Orthodontist can perform dentistry, only some dentists have specialty training specifically in orthodontics.
Dr. Tony Cigno was Wisconsin’s very 1st and Premiere Provider of Fastbraces. Committed to continuing education, Dr. Cigno has completed over 600 hours of additional courses in implant dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, fixed prosthodontics, myofascial pain/occlusion and operative dentistry. He also has another 400 hours in interpersonal communication training. He is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Association of Functional Orthodontics, and the International Association of Orthodontics.
Research and choose from your Milwaukee braces options…
Metal / traditional bracket braces: these are the braces you have likely seen most of your life. The brackets are metal and fixed to the teeth and there is a metal wire or bridge running through them.
Plastic clear bracket braces: The brackets that go on the teeth are clear plastic but there is still a metal wire visible.
Ceramic bracket braces: These braces are less noticeable because the ceramic can be tinted to the color of the individual braces wearer’s teeth. There is still the metal wire running through the brackets visible.
Lingual braces: These are braces that are on the back of the teeth. While they can’t be seen from the front, they are considerably more expensive, require more adjustments (meaning you wear them longer) and they are difficult to clean.
Invisalign: Invisalign treatment consists of 18 to 30 custom-created plastic retainers / mouth guards. Each retainer is the next step in aligning the bite or teeth. While Invisalign is convenient and barely visible, it’s not for serious cases and can only be used for teens and adults. It’s also slightly more expensive than most of the other options.
Fastbraces®: Fastbraces straighten teeth seriously fast! Fastbraces® Technology allows for movement of the roots of the teeth towards their final positions from the beginning of treatment by torquing them from the very first appointment. Patients can now get results – straighter teeth fast – often with less sensitivity, in about a year, and in some cases, just a few months.
Getting your braces on and length of treatment…
Depending on the type of braces you choose, the installation process may be one or several appointments. Just remember… your Milwaukee orthodontist is not just making you come in to the office to see your beautiful, smiling, face. We always try to limit the number of visits necessary to get your braces (or your child’s braces) on to the minimum number required for the braces style chosen and your specific treatment plan.
The length of time the braces will stay on (or that Invisalign retainers will be worn) depends on the type of braces chosen, the severity of any orthodontic issues, and issues that may arise along the way. It can be as fast as a few months in the case of Fastbraces or up to several years for traditional braces and intensive orthodontic issues.
Good oral care of your Milwaukee braces
Good oral care while braces are on (or while using Invisalign retainers) is extremely important. This includes personal oral care, professional oral care (from your Milwaukee dentist or Milwaukee orthodontist), and watching what is eaten and drank while braces are on the teeth.
Milwaukee Braces: Follow Up Visits
When you have braces Milwaukee, keeping your follow up visits is very important. Follow up visits for braces usually include adjustments, progress checks, and making sure the teeth (and bite) is moving as expected.
Braces adjustments usually occur every 4 – 6 weeks. The elastic bands (for braces options that use bands) will often be changed out and the wire may be replaced as well.
Children – or even adults – who wear braces will often be fearful that adjustments will be painful and they can hurt a bit. The pain usually comes from tweaks made to treatment and can range from mild discomfort to true pain. However, the pain is usually short-lived and easily treated with OTC painkillers.
Braces Removal Day!
Ready to lose the braces?! When the day comes, your fixed braces will be debanded. Then, any glue / residue will be cleaned off your teeth and your teeth will be polished. Finally, molds will be made for your retainers. Retainers are usually worn for a year or two to keep your teeth in their new position.
Now, it’s time to enjoy your new smile, your new bite, and your braces-free teeth!
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