Smile Ninja Dental & Orthodontics
Dr. Justin Mund

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Traditional Orthodontics

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Traditional Orthodontics

There are pros and cons to both, and it depends on the patient's needs. Clear aligners are preferred by patients generally since they are not visible and can also be taken out at any time. The great part about our clear aligners is that you are generally done in 12 months with your treatment and you don't have to come to the office for monthly visits, as you do with traditional braces. You easily wear the aligners 23 hours a day, taking them out only to eat. But that can be a downside if a person isn't responsible enough to put them back in. They can also be lost when taken out to eat or get thrown away accidentally. We have even heard of them being eaten by an animal such as a dog.


Clear aligners are great for mild cases but some cases can be too complicated for clear aligners. Traditional braces would then be the option we would choose.

Traditional braces are most commonly used with children since there are no clear aligners for children as their mouth is still forming. Braces are also used in more complicated cases that require a lot of adjustment to the teeth's position such as, raising and rotating teeth or fixing the midline. Both are great options for orthodontics and we utilize both in our offices. Neither are better than the other when applied properly to the patient's needs. 


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Getting braces is a big change to everyone when they first get them, so it will take some time to get adjusted to having them on. The first appointment is no big deal because all we are doing is cementing brackets to the face of your teeth. What patients experience with braces as discomfort or soreness is from the pressures each time we tighten and the bone movements that are then caused below. This is actually a very good sign! It means your teeth are starting to slowly shift into a straighter smile which is what we want. The goal of braces is to align your teeth by adjusting your bite, turning your teeth and creating more/less space for your teeth depending on the situation. Most of the discomfort is usually experienced right after your monthly adjustment. Just like new shoes when you first get them, your feet experience discomfort. After wearing them for a few weeks, your feet get used to how they feel. Similarly, your mouth and lips are very much the same. After the first couple of visits, it gets easier but we do recommend some Ibuprofen, if needed, to help with your discomfort from the adjustments. You may also experience pain or discomfort from what you eat while wearing braces. Some foods to avoid when wearing braces would be anything hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy/gummy. The better you take care of your braces, the less likely you will experience any kind of pain or discomfort.



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