Understanding the Five Stages of Braces

February 27th, 2023

Orthodontist in Greenwood Village and Denver

You have decided to get your crooked teeth straightened at Iritani Orthodontics. But you may still have concerns about what the whole orthodontic process is. This blog has the five basic steps of getting braces, so you know what to expect.

Stage #1 - The Consultation

During the initial appointment, your orthodontist examines your teeth and jaws. Depending on your particular case, it can last from 30 minutes to one hour. Digital impressions are taken of your upper and lower arch. We discuss our concerns, solutions, and possible risks of getting orthodontic appliances. 

The best part of this appointment is the before and after photos of previous patients with similar orthodontic needs. You see how your treatment can transform your smile. We also take this time to discuss different types of orthodontic treatment options like tooth-colored ceramic braces, traditional braces, or clear aligners. We then tackle fees and whether you have insurance benefits. 

Stage #2 - Bonding/Banding

If you have chosen traditional metal braces, the second stage is when the braces are finally attached to your teeth. Some patients may require spacers placed between teeth to create small gaps a week or two beforehand. 

The small spacers are removed, and the brackets are carefully placed and cemented to the front of your teeth. The arch wires lay on top of the brackets, connecting everything. At this point, you can choose color elastics that hold the wire on the frame. 

Getting braces doesn’t hurt, but it takes time. We have to prep the teeth for the brackets, carefully position onto each tooth, run the archwire through and finally tighten things up!

Afterward, you are given care instructions and a list of foods to avoid. We teach you about the changes in oral hygiene while wearing braces and how to clean your teeth to prevent tooth decay. 

Please know that for every instance you break a bracket, the entire orthodontic treatment will extend for an extra month. So it is wise to listen to the orthodontist’s instructions.

Stage #3 - Regular Adjustments Stage

Routine appointments are scheduled every 4-7 weeks for 30 minutes to monitor progress and make adjustments and wire modifications. The braces are tightened, rubber bands are changed, and broken brackets are replaced. 

Stage #4 - Debanding Stage

The debanding stage is one to celebrate. We finally remove your braces and give you a thorough polishing so you can see how amazing your new smile looks without all that metal blocking your view! The debanding appointment usually takes about an hour.

Stage #5 - Retainer Stage

The last stage is when a retainer is made to keep your straight teeth in the final position. Your retainer is to be worn constantly except while eating or drinking anything other than water. It’s critical to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist to avoid having to undergo the process again!

Visit Your Orthodontist in Greenwood Village and Denver

Iritani Orthodontics are expert in orthodontic care. We know how to correct bad bites to give you the most beautiful smile. We are with you at each stage of the treatment plan. Give us a call today to learn about all the types of braces we offer.

5 Pediatric Dentist Tips for the Best Oral Health

February 27th, 2023

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Pediatric Dentist in Greenwood Village, CO

Iritani Orthodontics treats children of all ages, and everyone is welcome through our doors. Our pediatric dentists have specialized training and love to teach kids the importance of preventive care for good dental health. The earlier your children learn good oral hygiene habits, the better their health for the future. 

Good oral hygiene is critical to your child's teeth and overall health. Children need healthy teeth to speak correctly, eat, and smile comfortably. Your pediatric dentists in Greenwood Village recommend starting good oral hygiene habits as early as possible. 

So, how do you teach children the importance of caring for their teeth? Below are some simple tips to get your kid's dental hygiene off to the best start.

#1 Supervise Your Kids

The younger the child is, the more supervision they will need. You must ensure they're not only brushing their teeth twice a day but doing it correctly. Observe them while brushing their baby teeth, give them positive feedback, and assist them when they need help to clean missed spots and hard-to-reach areas.

Many parents choose the picks when it comes to flossing, as they are much easier for tiny hands. Be sure to help your children floss the hard-to-reach areas until they grow more comfortable doing it themselves.

#2 Keep a Routine

It feels natural to make oral hygiene a part of our morning or bedtime routine. Have your kids brush their teeth at the same time each day. For example, cleaning their teeth can be the first thing they do after putting on their pajamas at night, or it could be the last thing they do before heading out the door in the morning. We know life is busy with children, but this is one health routine that you should never skip!

#3 Provide Healthy Food 

Allowing children unlimited amounts of sweets, juices, or other junk food does not result in healthy smiles. Your child's diet is an essential element of their oral health. Children who eat highly processed foods laden with salt and sugar when young have much more tooth decay and gum disease and tend to crave these foods in adulthood. 

Instead, choose child-friendly healthy snacks, like fruit, cheese, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and yogurt. Candy and sweets are not off the table completely. They are great for special occasions and holidays, but always in moderation. 

#4 Be the Best Example

Every child carefully watches their parents and copies everything they do. The best way to show the importance of good oral health is for you, the parent, to look out for your teeth. Let your children observe you brushing, flossing, and making healthy dietary choices. Your children are sure to follow suit.

#5 Biannual Checkups

Infants, children, and teens should visit their dentist's practice once every six months for exams and cleanings. This checkup is critical to catch problems before they start. 

We know many young patients are nervous about visiting the dentist. Everyone at Iritani Orthodontics loves caring for your children. We take extra time to ensure that our youngest patients feel comfortable and at ease. 

Pediatric Dentistry in Greenwood Village, Colorado

Please schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art pediatric dental office in Greenwood Village. We are passionate about providing superior dental care for your children. We hope that our kid-friendly practice will be your new dental home. 

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