Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are smaller and more comfortable than ever before. Metal braces are made of a high-grade stainless steel, along with titanium arch wires to provide the best results. With metal braces you have the option of adding colored elastics for a more unique and colorful smile.
Ceramic braces are made of a single crystal sapphire material and are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and/or adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are less visible, ceramic braces are more brittle than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used only on the upper six front teeth and not on the lower front teeth.
Colorful Braces Make More Than a Fashion Statement
For orthodontic patients who choose to make fashion statements with their braces, we have a variety of colors to choose from. You can choose colors to coordinate with a wardrobe, celebrating holidays or expressing school spirit. The colors appear on the elastic ties that hold the wires to the brackets, and these ties will be changed at each appointment.
Some patients prefer to be less obvious about their orthodontic treatment. We have a variety of options of elastic ties as well, including tooth colored, clear, and silver.
Elastics are tiny rubber bands that apply extra force to a tooth or teeth in ways that braces alone cannot, so that teeth move into their ideal positions. Tiny hooks on selected upper and lower brackets as used to attach the elastics to. The configuration of the elastics can be vertical or diagonal depending on the individual’s need. Patients are responsible for placing and removing their elastics as instructed by the orthodontist.
Sometimes braces alone are not enough to move teeth into a better position, or to correct the bite or growth in the jaw. We may suggest that you wear headgear along with braces to correct such problems. Headgear is an appliance that is used to guide your teeth to correct your bite. It creates special forces for guiding the growth of your face and jaw. Generally the headgear is worn 12 hours per day, the amount of time that a headgear is worn will be determined by the orthodontist and also by the amount of cooperation by the patient.
Your First Visit
Welcome to our office! Our friendly office staff will be there to greet you and answer any questions you have regarding your appointment(s). We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to fill out dental and medical history forms. Or if you prefer, you can download them from our website and bring them with you. You can do this by going to the “Forms” section of our website. The first exam with Dr. Swetlik takes approximately 45 minutes. He will determine whether or not the patient is ready for treatment.
Your first exam is complimentary. If you would like us to look into your insurance coverage for future treatment, please bring your dental insurance card along at this visit. Our financial coordinator can go over payment options and answer any of your questions.
Once the patient is ready to begin treatment, our scheduling coordinator will help to set up future appointments. We do our best to work with you and your schedules. We realize that most patients are students and we try to minimize missed school, however there will be times when a mid-day appointment will be required.
We thank you for choosing Shawano Orthodontics and look forward to giving you your best smile.
To ensure Dr. Swetlik provides you with the best treatment plan, diagnostic records will be taken to gather information to determine what type of treatment is right for each patient. These records will include x-rays, photographs, and plaster models of your teeth. This provides us with the necessary information to diagnose each case and to provide an accurate treatment plan that will achieve the best results for you or your child.
Treatment time can vary depending on tooth development, facial growth and unique challenges.
First Phase treatment (also known as early treatment) begins around age seven to ten. Some of the reasons for first phase treatment are growth in the jaw, certain bite issues, crossbites, or to help make room for permanent teeth to erupt properly. First phase treatment can consist of partial braces, a retainer, or an appliance. The length of treatment depends upon each individual case, this course of treatment may be in addition to full treatment.
If your child is between the ages of seven to ten and may have signs of needing orthodontic care, or if your family dentist has discussed early orthodontic treatment, please contact our office to schedule a complementary exam appointment. At that appointment Dr. Swetlik will evaluate if your child is ready for early preventative treatment. If your child is not ready to start early treatment we will continue with periodic complementary recall appointments and guide you to the best steps toward caring for your child’s smile.
Full Treatment of Braces
A beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontic treatment which can be achieved at any age. Braces not only straighten teeth and promote ideal function; they also improve oral health and potentially reduce the cost of future dental work.
Full braces are the most common form of treatment. Metal braces are bonded onto the front and back teeth, then wires are placed to apply pressure to gently move the teeth into their ideal positions. A personalized treatment plan will be developed for each patient, and treatment times can vary depending on the severity of the problems. The patient’s diligent use of rubber bands, headgear, good nutrition, and good oral hygiene can be factors in achieving the most efficient treatment time.
Soreness Caused by Braces and Appliances
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal, and the soreness should subside in a few days.
Ways to relieve discomfort from braces: Take pain reliever as directed, or try rinsing with warm salt water as follows: by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water, swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes, but do not swallow the salt water.
It is not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. Remember to use the wax that we provided to put over the braces that are causing irritation.
Remember whatever course of treatment you choose, it is very important that you continue to see your regular dentist every six months for checkups. Your dentist will work closely with our office to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy during orthodontic treatment.