Your first visit with us is very special. We value the time we have with you, and we try hard to make the most of it. At this appointment Dr. Mo and his team will take diagnostic photographs of your face and teeth and any x-rays needed to properly plan your treatment. He will then complete a detailed orthodontic check up and sit down with you to go over all available options for your orthodontic treatment.
We really enjoy getting to know our patients and their families at the first visit. Our office is a place of joy and inspiration, and we love sharing the Quest Ortho experience. To reduce the time spent doing paperwork and increase face time with Dr. Mo, we encourage you to complete a short but necessary forms to the left, ahead of time.
We also really appreciate it if you could bring your dental insurance information with you if applicable, along with any x-rays or other dental records you might have. If you currently use any dental devices such as retainers or nightguards, be sure to bring those in with you as well.
What to expect
By the end of your first visit with us, you can expect to have a thorough understanding of your dental condition, know the right time to start treatment, and understand the available options and the pros and cons of each.
Building a great smile takes teamwork. Once braces are on, we will give you an in-depth tutorial on oral hygiene with braces and other helpful tips to make your treatment go as smoothly as possible. You will get a brand new oral hygiene kit with toothbrushes and floss designed just for braces.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in a pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
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As with any device, there is always the possibility of a problem. Under COMMON PROBLEMS tab is a listing of situations that may arise and some direction on how to deal with them. Occasionally, a patient may require care outside of his or her regularly scheduled appointments. Use the guidelines below to determine when an additional appointment at our office is required.
Should the problem occur after office hours or on a weekend, please follow the directions on the office answering machine in order to contact a staff member. According to the situation, every effort will be made to remedy the problem as soon as possible.
An emergency appointment may be scheduled to make you more comfortable. We may have to book a longer appointment to completely fix the problem. Our staff will explain the procedure to you according to the specific situation.
For brushing and flossing
The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.
Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.
Use the reusable floss threader provided to floss under your archwire daily. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. You will be able to feel when the tooth is clean and hear the squeak of the floss against your clean teeth. Use care around your archwire and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it.
When you are finished brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth carefully with water or antiseptic dental rinse. An antiseptic dental rinse can help minor gum inflammations and irritations from orthodontic appliances.
An interdental toothbrush (proxabrush) is another aid you might find useful in keeping your teeth, braces, and gums clean and healthy. It can be used to clean under orthodontic wires and around braces. Use this device slowly and carefully so you do not damage your braces.
During the retention phase, it is important to brush your retainer every time you bush your teeth as they can accumulate food particles and plaque. Once a day you should soak your appliance in a glass of room temperature water with a denture cleaning tablet, such as Polident or Efferdent. Do not use hot water as it can distort the appliance.
Foods To Avoid
Your teeth may be a little sore for the first week in braces, so we recommend sticking to soft food until the discomfort subsides. While in braces, you can still eat just about anything although there are a few exceptions.
You should avoid hard foods such as ice and pizza crust, as well as sticky foods, including licorice and caramels. They can damage wires and brackets. As well, minimize foods high in sugar content to once a day.