Revelstoke Dental Centre provides braces as an orthodontic treatment option for teens and adults who wish to straighten teeth, close gaps between teeth, and improve overall oral function.
Braces are an orthodontic treatment designed to straighten and align teeth by shifting them into the correct position. Treatment addresses a variety of dental concerns, including misalignment, gaps, crossbite, open bite, overbite, and underbite. We provide metal, clear, and tooth-coloured braces, depending on what you prefer.
You may be a good candidate for braces if you have the following dental health concerns:
Braces use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into proper position. The brackets we place on your teeth and the main arch wire that connects them, are the two main components of braces. The bracket is a piece of specially shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. Then we bend the arch wire to reflect your ideal bite (what we want you to look like after treatment). The wire threads through the brackets and as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to actually move your teeth.
The dentist pushes your jaw to stretch your mouth so all your teeth fit. The dentist then pushes on your teeth, so they are all in the proper position. If your top jaw is too small, the dentist can install a special gadget called a "palatal expander" to get your jaw to grow wider. If your teeth stick out, the dentist can install another gadget called a "headgear" to help push your back teeth back. In that way, the dentist is able to move around individual teeth and expand your jaw, so that all of your teeth fit correctly in your mouth.
You can get braces at any age! Children, teens, and adults are good candidates for this treatment.
Yes! Adults can get braces no matter what age.
Braces may hurt when they are first applied to your teeth or when braces are tightened. They shouldn't hurt outside of these two scenarios.
Braces collect food and dental plaque very easily. If proper oral hygiene is neglected, tooth decay can occur.
It is very important to maintain a strong daily oral hygiene routine. The dentist will provide a comprehensive plan for maintaining your braces and teeth during treatment.
Yes. Standard braces should not affect how you talk or the sound of your voice. You can talk, sing, yell, and act just as you do now. Braces will not stop you from functioning normally.
We advise against participating in contact sports, such as boxing, karate, and wrestling during treatment.
Yes! You can eat the majority of foods you enjoy now. The one big limitation is that your mouth will get sore after you first get braces, so we recommend that you eat only softer foods for the first week. However, after that you should be able to eat normally.
We do however advise our patients to avoid eating hard, sticky, gooey or crunchy foods. For example, caramel and toffee can stick on your braces and may pull the braces off your teeth. You also need to be careful with crunchy foods, such as carrots and apples, so as not to detach your braces from your teeth.
Not to worry! The dentist will attach them again. Usually, this is no big deal, although if it happens numerous times, the duration of your orthodontic treatment may take longer.