When should my child get dental braces?
How much do braces cost?
we offer affordable plans, we will judge the extent of the treatment needed which will determine the overall cost.
Magic Smiles Dental accepts private insurance, AHCCCS plans, CareCredit®, and in-house financing!
How long will you have to wear braces?
In the meantime, you or your child will be offered all the latest COLORS for your braces – from fun team colors to festive holiday colors!
What is orthodontics?
What is an orthodontist?
What is the best age to visit the orthodontist?
How can I take care of my teeth if I am wearing braces or a retainer?
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher!
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
Do braces hurt?
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Crossbite of Front Teeth
Crossbite of Back Teeth
Crowding of Teeth
Unhealthy Oral Habits
You might be surprised to learn that you could solve many problems yourself temporarily until you can get to our office!
If there is a loose piece from your braces that you can remove, put it in a plastic bag or envelope and bring it with you to your next appointment. If your braces are poking you, put soft wax on the piece that’s sticking out. If the wire has slid to one side, you can pull it back to the other side with needle-nosed pliers, replacing it in the tube on the back tooth.
After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to meet with one of our expert orthodontists to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.
Stick to a soft diet until your teeth do not hurt to chewing. Irritated gums and other sore spots can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt-water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in eight ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. An alternative (better tasting) mouthwash is the Healthy Gums Rinse by The Natural Dentist! Placing Orabase on the affected area may also help relieve discomfort; Orabase can be found in a pharmacy.
If the tenderness is severe, take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) actually slow the tooth movement, so it is not advisable to use them frequently while wearing braces.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part.
If the bracket or band can be removed easily, place it in an envelope and save it to bring to your next appointment.
If you cannot put the wire into a comfortable position, and covering the end with wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened.
If the end of the wire is still sharp, place wax on it.
If you’ve ever found yourself with a broken bracket, orthodontic wire, or appliance, you’ve probably wondered whether or not it’s an emergency for your smile. In some cases it may not be, but in others it is!
Orthodontic Dental Emergencies Occur:
Saving Your Smile
You can reach our team of dental emergency care providers at Magic Smiles Dental at any time!