Orthodontics in
Madison Heights, MI

Orthodontics in Madison Heights

The Purpose of Orthodontics

Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that treats jaw and teeth alignment. Teeth can become misaligned for various reasons including thumb-sucking or a traumatic injury.and some conditions are inherited.

Orthodontics can correct several imperfections:

  • poorly aligned jaws also known as overbite and underbite
  • crooked, crowded, and missing teeth
  • bad bite

What Orthodontics Can Do For You

  • Increase self esteem — Improving the appearance of your smile will increase your confidence for years to come.
  • Enhance overall dental health — By creating a more natural contour and bite, there is less force placed on your teeth than with misaligned teeth or jaw and therefore you’re less susceptible to breaking or cracking a tooth and it’s easier to chew food.
  • The orthodontist works with your dentist to create a long term plan — Making sure everyone is on the same page and that your needs are met.
  • Orthodontics have a variety of tools and techniques — These can help in making the best decision based on your individual needs, age, lifestyle and overall health.
  • Technology — Depending on your needs and limitations, there are many different options available for correcting cosmetic imperfections.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

There are various ways we can go about aligning the contour of your teeth so you can get the most out of your bite and achieve that look you’ve been longing for.

Space Maintainers

If your child has prematurely lost a tooth due to decay or injury, and he or she is too young for braces, a space maintainer may be necessary.

Space maintainers occupy the space of a lost tooth to allow other teeth to grow in naturally. This prevents crowding of the vacant space which may lead to more extensive treatments in the future.

Braces

Advances in technology have vastly improved the aesthetics of braces. Braces today are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials so you can go about your day without worrying about how the look of braces might affect your overall appearance.

Braces employ the use of wires and are usually one of three types:

  • Old-fashioned, conventional braces, which employ the use of metal strips, or bands.
  • Metal or plastic brackets that are cemented or bonded to teeth.
  • Brackets that attach to the back teeth (also called lingual braces).

The Process and Procedure of Braces

Prior to getting braces, you’ll set up a consultation where Dr. Saluja will examine your mouth and take X-rays to determine if you need treatment for any existing oral conditions. Then based on your specific needs, Dr. Saluja will draft a customized plan of action.

During the first appointment, Dr. Saluja may also take a mold of your teeth which will help create a mockup of braces. If teeth are too crowded, spacers may be recommended prior to braces.

At the start of your second appointment, Dr. Saluja will insert a device to keep your mouth dry and your tongue in place. Next, your teeth will be dried and an etchant will be applied to your them to prepare your teeth for the bonding process.

Then, the brackets will be applied and held in place using a special adhesive. Next, a curing light will be used to secure the bond between your teeth and the brackets. A wire will then be placed around the brackets to complete the braces. Finally, Dr. Saluja will remove the excess bonding agent and you’ll begin your journey to a stunning smile you will be proud of for years to come.

After orthodontic appliances are placed, they need to be adjusted about every six weeks to ensure that they continue to move the teeth into the correct position. Adjustments may cause slight discomfort, however most patients tolerate it without any issues.

Retainers may be used following braces so that teeth remain in position.

Braces are generally worn for about two years. This is determined case-by-case. For a more accurate time frame, schedule a consultation with Dr. Saluja.

Life in Braces

In order to properly care for your braces, you’ll want to modify your usual oral hygiene techniques to ensure your oral health remains in it’s best shape. Brackets can also leave stains on enamel if the area surrounding them is not cleaned on a daily basis. Our staff will show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth with braces and offer advice on what foods to avoid.

Oral Care with Braces

Here are some tips to help guide you while you care for your teeth with braces:

Brushing your teeth - You’ll want to brush your teeth after every meal to ensure food and plaque don’t build up underneath your brackets and wires.

Flossing - It’s a good idea to floss your teeth everyday to get rid of plaque and maintain healthy gums. If you’re having difficulty flossing, a floss threader may help in getting underneath your wires along your gum line.

Water flossing - These devices are proven to be more helpful than regular flossing with braces because they are faster and easier to use. It works by spraying a thin stream of water at the desired area. It generally comes with different attachments which can help to achieve your goals.

Although they are faster and easier to use, flossing daily is still recommended to remove all plaque and maintain healthy gums.

Eating With Braces

While you have braces, there are certain foods you’ll want to avoid to ensure your brackets don’t come loose or your wire doesn’t break.

Avoiding the following foods will help prevent extra trips and help maintain your oral health:

  • Chewy foods — bagels and licorice
  • Hard foods or items — nuts, hard pretzels, and pencils
  • Crunchy foods — ice and popcorn
  • Sticky foods and candy — gum and caramel
  • Sugary foods and drinks — Candy and soda can cause plaque buildup which may lead to cavities.

When eating foods you have to bite into such as apples, carrots and corn on the cob, you’ll want to cut them up so they don’t damage your appliances.

Straighter Teeth

Adults and children over the age of 16 who are concerned about the appearance of braces may want to try our “Six Month Smiles” program. It makes having braces more discrete with tooth colored wires and clear brackets.

We also offer Invisalign® which are clear aligners that help to guide your teeth into position over time. We know there are many choices to make when deciding how to get the smile you desire and we’re here to help by providing you with several options so you can make the decision that’s best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

How do braces work?

Braces slowly move your teeth into place by tightening the wire that is held in place by rubber bands and brackets. Dr. Saluja will tighten the wire about every six weeks which will apply an added pressure and continue to shift your teeth into the desired position.

Do braces hurt?

To start, the pain is very minimal and you usually won’t feel anything for the first few hours after the braces are applied. Once the teeth start to shift, you might feel some discomfort for a few days. Since the process takes place over time, the pain is minimal. Sometimes the wire can irritate your cheek, however, you can place wax on the wire to prevent the rubbing.

How much do braces cost?

On average braces cost between $2,500 and $5,500, however every patient and treatment plan is different. It’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Saluja to determine a more accurate price.

Does insurance cover braces?

Your insurance may cover a portion of the cost. Call our office at (248) 206-5052 and one of our staff members will be happy to explain how your insurance may help pay for some of the cost.

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