Caring for Your Braces
Dr. Pedersen is known for creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime! Here are some tips for taking care of your mouth that will help you achieve your best results.
The Basics, from Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics
Brushing & Cleanliness
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.
Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.
What Is Early Treatment?
Also known as Phase 1 treatment, early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.
In some cases, Dr. Pedersen will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.
How to Choose the Perfect Time for Treatment
While the age that kids get braces may vary, orthodontic treatment most often begins between the ages of 9 and 14. Some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they are treated early.
If Dr. Pedersen thinks your child will need treatment, they will let you know when it would be best to begin treatment. This gives your orthodontist the best chance to:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Improve appearance and self-esteem in your child
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
- Create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips, and face
What's the Orthodontic Supervisory Program?
The orthodontic supervisory program is for patients who are not ready for treatment and have been placed on recall. This program enables us to monitor the eruptive pattern of the permanent teeth.
Sometimes, poor erupted patterns of permanent teeth may be eliminated with early removal of baby teeth and reduce the treatment time required for braces.
We will notify your general dentist of any recommendations made during your visit.
We normally see the patients on recall every six to eight months to observe their progress as they grow. There is no fee for this program and it helps Dr. Pedersen determine the optimum time to begin treatment and achieve the best possible results for your child.
Learn More at Your Free Consultation
If you would like to bring your child in to Andrew Pedersen Orthodontics for an evaluation, please contact our York office to set up a free consultation.
Dr. Pedersen would love to discuss your child's orthodontic options with you to develop a treatment plan that’s customized to your child's specific needs and goals.