New York Orthodontist explains the in’s and outs of wearing braces OR Invisalign, patients can feel at ease now that they know exactly what to expect during their treatment process.
- After getting braces, what sort of maintenance is required?
After getting braces, your diet needs to be slightly altered so that you avoid sticky, chewy or very hard to chew foods. Eating those types of foods may result in the breakage of the braces. It is also very important to focus on brushing and flossing your teeth very diligently while wearing braces so that there is no accumulation of excessive plaque on your teeth that might cause decay or gum inflammation.
- Does Invisalign require the same type of maintenance as other braces?
With Invisalign, diet does not need to be changed and cleaning your teeth is handled the same way that you maintain your teeth every day. The Invisalign aligners are simply removed for eating and for cleaning your teeth.
- What kinds of foods should those with braces or Invisalign stay away from?
The kinds of foods to avoid when wearing braces are sticky, chewy candies such as caramels or gummies in addition to large bites of hard foods like pretzels, carrots, or popcorn kernels. These foods can be eaten but require cutting up into small pieces to avoid breaking the braces. With Invisalign, the aligners are removed for eating so there are no changes in diet necessary.
- What are rubber bands used for?
Rubber bands are used to aid in the bite correction, closing spaces or holding the bite in the proper position—all dependent on the way they are worn and which teeth are included.
- How important are retainers in post-braces/Invisalign treatment?
Because orthodontic tooth movement is not stable or permanent and the teeth in the jaw are dynamic, retention is critical. It is important to wear the type of retainers presented by your orthodontist to prevent unnecessary shifting and relapse.
For more questions or to schedule an appointment or consultation for Invisalign or, call our and the rest of the staff at Park Avenue Orthodontics at 212-452-2777