Braces in Cheyenne WY

Why Choose Orthodontic Treatment in Cheyenne WY?

braces in Cheyenne

Orthodontic treatment has many health and lifestyle benefits reaching beyond having confidence in a beautiful smile.  Having “straight teeth” can aid in brushing, give you clearer speech, make it easier to eat, give you less accident-prone teeth (protruding teeth are more prone to breaking), fewer headaches, improved gum health, more cost-effective dental care, and increased self-esteem.  Because you are able to brush straight teeth more effectively, your improved oral hygiene means less tooth decay and gum disease, which are in turn linked to heart disease and high blood sugar.  Click on the links to the left to learn more about what we offer at our office

before

Before Treatment
After

After Treatment

Types of Brackets

Stainless Steel
The most common type of braces are metal, stainless steel. With these brackets, you have the option of changing colors of the elastics that go around the braces every visit. Or you can choose a color like silver or clear.
Clear Bracket
This is more aesthetic option that can be chosen. Usually these brackets are just used on the top teeth since the bottom teeth aren’t as noticeable when you smile. Most patients like to use clear or white elastics with these brackets but colors really show-up well with these braces too.

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding braces treatment.  You can also check out more general orthodontic questions here, or feel free to call our office at (307) 638-8958 (use the same content from the FAQs) above)

How often do I come in for appointments?
Do braces hurt?
Why is a retainer needed? Do teeth move after orthodontic treatment?
How do braces work?
What types of braces are there?
How do I take care of braces once they’re on?
Do braces force people to change their lifestyle?
How long will braces have to be worn?

Braces Hygiene

It is extremely important to take good care of your teeth while wearing braces. This includes limited use of pop (soda) and sports drinks which both contain acid that can break down tooth enamel.  Please refer to the following videos to demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques while in treatment.

Retainers

Once your braces are removed, the best way to keep your teeth straight and your smile beautiful is through retainers.  Here at Braces Wyoming, a combination of both fixed and removable retainers are used to maintain your smile.  The best way to ensure great results is to wear them exactly as instructed. Otherwise, some of the great progress made by your braces will be lost.

There are three keys to getting the most out of your retainers:

  • Wear them as directed – this cannot be stressed enough. Most removable retainers need to be worn full time for the first 6 months and then can be worn at nighttime after that. Fixed or “glued-in” retainers should be kept in as long as can be tolerated by the patient. If you chose to have these retainers removed by either Dr. Braces Wyoming or your dentist, make sure to get a removable retainer that can be worn at nighttime. Do not go without some form of retention as long as you want your teeth to remain in the position they were placed in after orthodontic treatment.
  • Keep them clean – we’ll show you how to keep your retainers clean. In doing so, they’ll not only work better, but keep the buildup of bacteria out of your mouth. A thorough cleaning from your dentist is recommended every six months.
  • Handle with care – if a removable retainer is not in your mouth, it should be placed in its case. While they are easy to lose, they aren’t cheap to replace. Should you lose or break your retainer, contact us immediately and we’ll get a replacement made.

Emergency Care

Most patients will not encounter many “emergencies” while having braces. However, accidents can and do happen. Many orthodontic emergencies can be handled in the comfort of your own home.

Emergencies that require immediate attention from your dentist:

  • Direct injury to the tooth or mouth (may also require orthodontic care).
  • Lost Tooth Broken Tooth – If part of a tooth broke, again, call us or your dentist.

Orthodontic issues that may require our attention:

  • Loose Bracket – Call us if your bracket becomes loose or detached from a tooth.
  • Archwire or Ligature Wire Problems – If a portion of the wire has become loose and is poking an area of the mouth, try to limit movement with orthodontic wax. Call us to schedule an appointment to get it fixed.
  • Irritation of Lips or Cheeks – New braces can be uncomfortable or irritating to the mouth. Orthodontic wax can be applied to buffer the space between the braces and the rest of the mouth.
  • Mouth Sores or General Discomfort – Topical anesthetics such as Orabase and Ora-Gel that are applied with a cotton swab to problem areas can provide some relief. For general discomfort, it is best to eat soft foods. The patient may want to rinse their mouth with warm salt water. Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter pain relievers can be effective in reducing discomfort.

You can handle most any minor problem with your braces with the following supplies:

  • Dental floss
  • Interproximal brush
  • Non-medicated orthodontic relief wax
  • Non-prescription pain reliever
  • Oral topical anesthetic (such as Orabase or Ora-Gel)
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