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Everything You Need To Know About Braces and Orthodontics

Understanding Braces and Orthodontics

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Updated April 12, 2010

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Understanding braces and orthodontics doesn't need to send you into a tailspin.  Here, you will find everything you need to know about braces and orthodontics, from why you may need braces to how to fix a broken bracket.

1. Do You Need Braces?

Understanding why your child, loved one, or even you might need braces can be complex.  Learn about who may need braces and the potential benefits, beyond just having straight teeth.

2. Orthodontic Records

Long before you actually get your braces put onto your teeth, your orthodontist will obtain orthodontic records from you.  Orthodontic records help your orthodontist plan your treatment, from where each bracket needs to be placed to predicting what your teeth will look like when your treatment has been completed.

Here, you will find everything you need to know about orthodontic records, from what's involved to how they are obtained.

3. Can Adults Wear Braces?

Braces aren't just for kids. Adult orthodontic treatment is becoming a very popular form of cosmetic dentistry, as many people wish to preserve their natural enamel rather than have veneers or crowns to improve their smile. Is orthodontic treatment right for you?

4. Brushing Your Teeth With Braces

Brushing your teeth with braces takes some time and a new-found skill for maneuvering the toothbrush in all sorts of  hard-to-reach places. This video will help you understand how to save time brushing your teeth and how to effectively brush with braces.

5. How To Floss With Braces

Flossing your teeth is hard enough, but for someone with braces the task of flossing daily just gained a whole new meaning.  Learn how to floss your teeth with braces with these tips and tricks.

6. What You Can and Can't Eat With Braces

Do you know what you can and can't eat with braces? Having braces doesn't mean that you will be living on pureed, bland foods during your treatment. Knowing what foods you can and can't eat with your braces will help you achieve the optimum results after your orthodontic treatment has been completed.

7. My Braces Are Loose - What Should I Do?

Dealing with loose braces may be handled in a variety of ways, depending on the situation at hand. If your braces have become loose, you need not worry, because dealing with a loose bracket is easier than you might think.

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