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Each 5-6 weeks, you should have a meet up with your orthodontist to review your progress and modify your braces. Your orthodontist is going to do a detailed examination of the jaws and teeth, create a new smile plan and develop a strategy to make it happen.

Applying Braces

Putting braces on the teeth takes about 1–2 hours. Firstly, the orthodontist cleans the teeth and dries them, then he'll glue the brackets in place. These are the tiny bits of square metal containing the cables. Finally, he must put the wires on the arch and tension them.

Adjusting Braces

Braces use tensioned wires to keep the teeth moving. You see the orthodontist every few weeks for a check-up and an adjustment. Your orthodontist must determine how the teeth have shifted and then change the brace tension. The braces will feel tight in the days following an change and the teeth will feel as if they are being pulled around ... well they are! As your teeth shift over the next few days, the pressure will fade for further change until it's time for another check up and adjustment.

Do dental braces hurt?

The braces will often dig into the lips or cheeks. Your dentist or orthodontist will give you some dental wax (or you can pick it up at a drugstore) to make your braces more comfortable! To protect your lips and cheeks, you simply place it over the sharp parts.

Avoid these foods when you have braces on

  • Crunchies: popcorn, chips.
  • Stickies: gum bears, cookies, candy bars, gums.
  • Hard foods: nuts, pretzels, hard treats.
  • Sugar snacks: sandwiches, cakes, chocolate, soda.
  • Stuff to be bite in: apples, carrots, corn on the cob.
  • Snacks you have to chew: jerky, bagels, sourdough

Maintaining oral hygiene with dental braces

Food particles getting stuck in braces is a very common occurrence. That makes it very important to brush your teeth frequently and regularly see your dentist for a cleaning. Your dental team will probably suggest that you use an electric toothbrush and a special paste that you use once a day to reduce the sensitivity of your teeth and build up their enamel.

When it's finally time to take them off

Before you know it, it's time to remove those braces. The wires and brackets are removed by your orthodontist, and then the hygienist will thoroughly clean and polish your teeth. Will you like us to return your freshly structured teeth to pearly white with a teeth-whitening kit?!

What Our Patients Say About Us

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Gwendolyn Miller-Shain
Gwendolyn Miller-Shain
They have been a God send. I can smile again!!! I got a full top implant and they’ve been so helpful and informative every step of the way. Dr. Pham is so nice and knowledgeable. Jennifer takes great care of patients too! I wouldn’t trust my mouth with many due to the awful state my mouth was in, but they’ve done a great job. HIGHLY recommend.
Aug 01, 2023
Tracie Hogue
Tracie Hogue
Very kind, and understanding they were more than happy to help me in any way they can, my credit is poor but I got financing through them because of their help. The other dentist I had gone to didn't care about me and didn't care about notifying me or helping me with a payment plan. They were only concerned about money I wasted so much money with them but affordable dentist near me or wonderful and can meet my needs I like the staff also and the lady that helped me with financing. If I could remember her name right now I would write it down maybe next time I will learn her name but these people are good people so if you need a dentist this is your best bet I've been online I have searched and I found them affordable dentist near me and that was lucky so do it yourself check them out you would be pleasantly surprised. They are located in Crowley Texas okay ... .
Aug 29, 2023
Asha Major
Asha Major
I so love affordable dentist. At first I was skeptical and unsure but I took a leap and made an appointment. I’ve been going through some extensive dental work, but the staff here is exceptionally loving and they make sure my confidence stays up to par. I love the ladies here so much it feels like family and I hate to leave lol 😂. The doctors are very nice, helpful, and professional. I got a tooth extracted, and implant placed in less than 15 minutes and I couldn’t believe the doctor when he said it would take that amount of time. Affordable dentist and its staff keeps me laughing and smiling but most of all feeling loved. 🥹🥹
Mar 28, 2023
Jo Soto
Jo Soto
I had to have a tooth extracted because of how badly it hurt. I called and they got me in on the same day. Jasmine was super sweet as she rubbed my arm while I was being injected in my mouth. Dr. Nguyen had a little bit of a challenge pulling my tooth out, but she got it! All in all I had a good experience, I would definitely recommend this location.
Aug 31, 2023
Alison Matthews
Alison Matthews
Would not recommend, unless you absolutely have to. Staff was extremely friendly but no one knew what was going on. I went in for a cleaning and I left after 2.5 hours. The entire appointment had a lot of back and forth and waiting. Someone would come in, say "Hey you doing okay? Great, I'll get the doctor" or "I'm just getting set up and I'll be right back." They would maybe grab a pair of gloves, or move a chair from one side of the room to the other (and then move it back) and then make a comment that they were short staffed or technology was being slow. For the cleaning, they polished my teeth first, which was odd. The tech did not know what she was doing- the toothpaste was literally flying all over the room. It ended up in my hair, and all over my glasses and face. The dentist who "cleaned" my teeth was extremely rough. It's not uncommon for my gums to bleed or get nicked, but after an hour, they're still bleeding. The toothpaste that was used was still stuck in my teeth after. They did not floss as part of the cleaning. I had asked to get molds for new retainers, but it was more waiting and "oh the computer is being slow." So I left at the 2.5 hour mark. The rooms are more like cubicles- they do not have doors. They also do not have sinks- everything is portable, like a pop up shop. Every room has two large flat screen TVs installed and mounted, but none of them turned on (not even the weather or like a reminder to floss). The rooms are freshly painted and decorated. The person on the phone had suggested a same day appointment multiple times. The waiting room was packed. Another person who had the same appointment time as me was still in the waiting room after an hour. It felt like they're trying to get people in the door. It felt like the two women who were interacting with me the most were not actually trained or authorized to perform work, but more like they were just supposed to stall. Again, everyone was super friendly. I have some theories about how this place operates but I'll keep that to myself. It was not traumatizing and it was not the worst experience I've had at a dentist-but definitely the most bizarre. I had scheduled a follow up appointment at the beginning of my visit and I canceled it before I left because I would not want to return.
May 04, 2023

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