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Rubber Bands in Orthodontic Treatment

September 6th, 2017

One of the most common questions we hear when patients start the orthodontic treatment is “when am I going to start wearing rubber bands?” Patients often wonder how they work? And why are they used?

First of all, it’s important to remember that rubber bands, or elastics, or not used for every orthodontic patient. For those patients that do need them, elastics are primarily used to correct most types of bite problems (overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites).There are several options for correcting your bite (i.e. headgear, springs, functional appliances, surgery, etc.), but the most common method is with rubber bands. Rubber bands can pull the jaws forward or backward in order to line up your top and bottom rows of teeth to improve your bite or to speed up the process of correcting your teeth. Even though the primary function of rubber bands is to correct the bite, they can be used for other reasons as well. For example, they can be used to speed up the process of closing spaces between teeth.

Elastics are usually tooth colored so they can “blend in” with the teeth. They are flexible, allowing the patient to move their mouth while talking, yawning and other normal jaw functions. Wearing rubber bands will make your teeth sore because they are making your teeth move. This is very normal. Elastics are easy to remove and replace, allowing the patient to change rubber bands several times daily and facilitating eating and brushing. Rubber bands depend 100% on patient’s cooperation. If not worn as prescribed, they will not work as they are supposed to and your results may be compromised. For your teeth to move there must be a constant pressure for most of the day. Patients who remove elastics only to eat or brush will see fast and consistent results.

Orthodontic Treatment is for All Ages!

July 26th, 2017

Orthodontic treatment is not only for kids! You may have thought braces are for children, but times have changed! Adults all over the world are conscious about their appearance and smile, which has resulted in about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Recent studies have shown that straighter teeth lead to improved periodontal (gum) health, which in turn leads to overall improved body health. With the advances in treatment such as clear/metal brackets or Invisalign, it’s easier for adults to consider orthodontic treatment. Adults often do a better job for caring for their braces which can mean impressively faster results. If you are ready to improve your smile, all of us at Smileworks Orthodontics would love to help you. Call our office today at 703-383-0090!

How to get a celebrity smile without the celebrity budget!

July 12th, 2017

You may think that getting a celebrity smile is out of your budget. But that’s not true at all! At Smileworks Orthodontics, we offer flexible payment plans to help you achieve a smile you will love. We personalize our no-interest financing plans to fit your budget. The first step to start the process would be call and schedule your free consultation appointment at our office. Once we determine what the best treatment modality for your case will be, we will discuss the various financing plans we have to offer so you can achieve the smiles of your dreams without breaking the bank.


What can I do if I am having a hard time flossing with braces?

April 19th, 2017

Are you having trouble flossing with braces? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone! There is nothing that works as well as string floss to clean between your teeth, but for patients that are having a hard time using string floss, a Waterpik is the next best thing. It’s easy, fast, and effective in removing the plaque and debris lurking deep between teeth and below the gumline, where it’s hard to reach with traditional brushing. Just point the flosser tip between your teeth and along the gumline, and let it do the work for you. If you are interested in purchasing a Waterpik and would like more information, be sure to ask the front desk during your next appointment!

Step-by-step on how to use a Waterpik:

  1. 1. Fill the reservoir with lukewarm water and place it on the base, pressing down firmly to ensure full seating.
  2. 2. Select the tip and press firmly into the handle.
  3. 3. If this is the first use, set the pressure control dial to high. Point the tip into the sink and turn on until water flows. Turn unit off.
  4. 4. Adjust the pressure control (start at low pressure).
  5. 5. Lean over the sink and place tip in mouth.
  6. 6. Turn unit on. Close lips to prevent splashing, while allowing water to flow from mouth into sink.
  7. 7. Start with the back teeth and pause briefly between teeth, aiming the tip just above the gumline at a 90 degree angle.
  8. 8. When finished, turn unit off and use the tip eject button to remove the tip.

**This is NOT a substitute for flossing, it is designed to assist you in flossing and can be particularly helpful in areas that are difficult to clean**

source: https://www.waterpik.com/oral-health/how-to-floss/

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