“How To Avoid The 5 Biggest Mistakes Most People Make When Choosing An Orthodontist!“
Plus, What Every Parent Must Know Before Their Child Gets Braces..
From the desk of Dr. Añonuevo
Are you or someone in your family considering getting braces but you’re not sure how to find the right dentist to go to?
Have you been to an orthodontist but still have unanswered questions about what you need to get done?
Do you have a child that’s about the get braces and you want to be as informed as possible before you take the next step?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, than you’re you going to love this report!
My name is Dr. Añonuevo and I’m an Orthodontist that specializes in helping people enjoy beautiful, straight teeth in the fastest time possible!
Every parent knows that having teeth that line up properly is extremely important. Teeth that don’t line up properly can disrupt the way we talk, chew food, and smile.
… And if left uncorrected, crooked teeth and misaligned bites can lead to headaches, sore jaw muscles, cracked teeth, and even tooth decay over time.
A common solution for crooked teeth and misaligned jaws is braces – but when most people think of braces, they think of adolescents with metal “train tracks” and head gear… but braces aren’t just for kids anymore!
In fact, roughly ONE MILLION North Americans over the age of 18 have braces.
There are actually a lot of adults who choose to get braces in later life to correct dental problems that either weren’t caught or weren’t treated in childhood, like overbites and under bites for example.
Other adults simply desire braces to fix crooked teeth and beautify their smiles.
Depending on YOUR dental health profile and what you want to achieve, braces may be for you…
But to make sure, your first step is to find an experienced Orthodontist you can trust with one of your most precious assets… your smile! That’s where I come in. I’m about to tell you everything you need to know to make the most informed, confident decision you can about your dental health!
An Orthodontist is a dental specialist that diagnoses, prevents, and corrects misaligned teeth and jaws.
And just to give you an idea of how specialized this area of dentistry is, only 6 percent of dentists are trained as Orthodontists!
The training process to become an Orthodontist is EXTREMELY rigid – first, we must complete 4 years of dental school…
PLUS, we must complete at least 2 years of full-time study in a university orthodontic residency program that is accredited by the American Dental Association.
… In other words, we are EXPERTS in creating beautiful, well-functioning smiles but we worked for it!
First, you should find an Orthodontist that is willing to see you for a free consultation to take a look at your teeth, the alignment of your bite, and to speak with you one-on-one about any dental health issues or changes you’d like to see with your smile.
They will carefully evaluate your specific issues or needs and decide on a plan that will give you the best results.
But don’t leave it up to your Orthodontist to do ALL the work!
It’s a wise idea to come to your Orthodontist with as many questions as you can about your teeth and the results you want to achieve.
(I personally really appreciate patients who have done their homework and come with a prepared list of questions!)
One mistake people make when choosing an Orthodontist is they don’t ask the right questions. They blindly go in and leave it up to them to ask all the questions. Here are some you need to ask:
Trust your gut, and again, please don’t feel intimidated or afraid to come to your Orthodontist consultation prepared.
The next mistake many people make is they do not do any research on braces beforehand.
Braces are a big commitment, and I highly recommend you educate yourself on the types of braces available and what you can expect if you decide to move forward with this treatment.
Most Orthodontists have a few different kinds of braces to offer you, and it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with what these are before you go in for your initial consultation.
Traditionally, braces have three main components:
There are generally three varieties of braces available today…
Nowadays, patients even have the option of choosing braces that attach to the back of the teeth, making them completely unnoticeable to people you come into contact with.
Another option is to use transparent brackets, which reduces the “train track” look of metal braces.
Depending on your preferences and your lifestyle, an Orthodontist will talk with you about each of the varieties of braces available and help you choose the best one for you but do your research too!
The nest mistake people make is they don’t have their teeth cleaned before they get their braces. Several weeks before you go in to have your braces applied, you should have your teeth professionally cleaned by a good Dentist to remove any plaque or buildup on the teeth.
Then, on the day of the procedure, I always recommend that my patients brush and thoroughly floss thoroughly. This gives us a nice clean surface to work with!
So what happens when you go to actually get your braces?
When my patients arrive, either me or one of my dental assistants will dry the teeth off with a cloth and then apply “etchant” to the teeth. (Etchant is a bonding solution that secures the brackets onto the surface of the teeth.)
Next, we place the brackets on the individual teeth and then run a high intensity (but painless) plasma light across the teeth. This activates the etchant and bonds the bracket to each tooth.
Once all of the brackets are in place, the next step is to weave the arch wire through each of them.
Then, we place little rubber bands – called “ligating modules” – on the brackets to hold the wire in place.
In all, the process of actually applying braces onto the teeth takes about an hour for each row of teeth.
So if you’re getting braces put on along the top and bottom rows of teeth, for example, you’re looking at about two hours of time in the dentist chair.
After you get your braces applied, be prepared that your teeth may feel a little sore for a few days. Also, you may feel an unusual sensation of pressure on your teeth for a few weeks.
But don’t worry, this isn’t unbearably painful or anything, but it will be a feeling your not used to. And after 2-3 weeks or so, most patients become so used to the feeling that they forget they’re wearing braces at all!
The next big mistake people make is they think their life is going to totally change when they get braces. Not true.
It’s a common misconception that once you get braces you’re extremely limited in what you can eat.
The truth is you can eat just about anything you like!
There are a few exceptions though, like apples (cut it into pieces instead of biting into it), chewing gum (dental work-friendly sugarless gum is ok), and chewy candies like caramel, gummy bears, and things like this.
The problem with sticky foods is that they can clog the wires that hold your braces in place and can potentially pull the brackets out of place!
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have metal or ceramic braces, food can get stuck between the arch wire and brackets, making it very important to keep up a thorough cleaning regiment.
I recommend to all of my patients with braces to use an electric toothbrush.
Alternatively, you can also use an “orthodontic cut” toothbrush, where the bristles taper in the shape of a “v.”
Orthodontic toothbrushes make it A LOT easier to clean hard to reach places like in between the wires and brackets. And though they may cost you a bit more than a regular, run-of-the-mill toothbrush, they are well worth the price. Your mouth will thank you!
What about removing the braces?
When it’s time to remove your braces for good, all we usually need is a few minutes!
We simply clip the back of each bracket with a special set of pliers to separate it from the etchant bonding, which is painless and extremely quick.
Next, we use a high speed hand tool to remove any bonding left on the surface of the teeth and then finish up by polishing the tooth enamel to leave it feeling smooth and natural looking, and presto…
… A perfectly straight, sparkling smile you can be proud to show the world!
Okay, now that you know a little bit about braces, you need to make sure you pick an Orthodontist that can accommodate you. So how do you do that?
Well, many people think shopping around is what everyone should do when they make a purchase. And I agree, shopping around is good, however, it’s also a major factor in procrastination. If you were thinking about buying a new house, would you buy the first one a real estate agent showed you? Probably not… Unless you knew it was the perfect house for you!
Well, the same goes for choosing a Orthodontist!
Just like your home, your teeth are something you “live with” day in and day out, 24 hours a day, seven days a week… and before you commit to a particular Orthodontist, you need to do your homework and “shop around”.
BUT, if you know you’ve found someone you like, you trust, and that has a proven track record….it’s time to stop shopping around and take action!
Start by looking through your local yellow pages and make a list of Orthodontists in your area.
Next, make an appointment with one.
A good Orthodontist will be willing to book a consultation to speak with you one-on-one about what your concerns are with your teeth and give you some good recommendations for maintenance and healthy teeth.
When you meet with the Orthodontist, take note of the environment: Do you feel comfortable asking them questions, or do you feel rushed? How clean is the facility? What are the staff like?
Keep your eyes open and take in everything you can.
It’s also wise to ask for permission to contact two or three past patients to find out what their experience with the Orthodontist was like.
Are they happy with their experiences? Did they have any complications or other problems with this Orthodontist? If so, how did the Orthodontist respond?
These are all excellent things to find out. Once you feel comfortable, go for it! DON’T PROCRASTINATE!! I’ll give you an opportunity to do just that in a second.
If you’ve been considering getting braces to correct crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or for other reasons, the good news is that orthodontic treatment is becoming more and more affordable than ever…
Also, there is a wide range of braces and treatments to choose from for straightening teeth and aligning the jaw.
But keep in mind that it’s important that you choose a qualified, experienced orthodontist who has the knowledge, skills, and facility that will best meet your needs.
… And here’s where I can help you!
I’ve had the pleasure of helping many, many patients improve their dental health and achieve properly aligned bites and beautifully straight teeth.
I’d like to make sure you get ALL of your questions about your dental health answered, and I highly recommend that you call (704) 540-1900 for a $100 discount on your first visit to our office with me TODAY.
Once you come in we’ll answer all of your questions and let you know all the details and exactly what we can do after we discover your situation.
It’s really that simple… no pressure, no harassing phone calls… just a friendly, no strings attached free consultation with me, one of the top dentists in your area.
Procrastination is the killer of dental health! Don’t put off something so simple that can save you pain, suffering and anxiety down the road.. — I look forward to meeting you in person