Braces Can Straighten Your Smile
At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to help you achieve your best smile. Advances in orthodontics allow you to choose from a variety of treatment options to best suit your specific needs, preferences, and budget.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Greg Nalchajian or Dr. Nicole Nalchajian, we will discuss all your options for braces and help you select the type that will provide your best result! We offer the full scope of orthodontic care in both of our office in Fresno, CA, and Clovis, CA.
Types of Braces
From traditional braces to clear aligners, our office has multiple options to suit your orthodontic needs and personal preferences. Here are a few of the most popular options for braces.
- Traditional metal braces are a common orthodontic technique that straightens the teeth using metal brackets and wires. The ligatures and ties used with traditional braces come in a variety of colors that can be changed at every adjustment for added fun. Clear ligatures and ties are offered as well.
- Ceramic braces are popular among those who have cosmetic concerns about traditional braces because they are less visible. However, they are often placed on the upper front teeth only due to the extra care required.
- Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, are the ideal choice for those who desire straighter teeth without the look of traditional metal braces. Teeth are straightened using a series of clear aligners that are virtually invisible and completely removable.
Traditional metal braces remain a very popular choice for their affordability and performance and are still recognized as the most common orthodontic technique. Today’s metal braces have evolved to offer an experience more comfortable and customizable than ever before.
What are traditional braces?
With metal braces, stainless steel brackets and wires are used and work by placing constant and gentle pressure on the teeth. Over time, this pressure shifts your teeth into optimal alignment.
There are four components of traditional braces:
- The metal piece that attaches to the tooth and arch wire, called the bracket
- The bond that cements the bracket to the tooth
- The arch wire that runs across the entire upper or lower arch and through each bracket
- The ligature elastic, which fits around each bracket and holds the arch wire in place
During your adjustment appointments, your orthodontist will check to make sure that every component of your appliance is in place and that your treatment is going to plan. Your orthodontist will then adjust your braces that will continue to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Some patients may experience minimal discomfort after an adjustment, but most patients forget they are even wearing braces.
The ligature elastics, ties, and brackets are offered in a variety of colors and can be changed during adjustments. This is a fun and special way to show off your orthodontic treatment and gives you the opportunity to show off your unique style.
We value our patients and their loved ones, and we strive to give our patients a smile that is healthy, straight, and beautiful. If you are interested in braces for you or your child, we encourage you to contact our office. We can schedule a complimentary consultation with you and come up with a treatment plan that suits your needs, lifestyle, and budget.
Braces in Fresno, CA, and Clovis, CA
Whether you are seeking orthodontic treatment for your child or yourself, our greatest goal is to deliver an optimal patient experience while providing the best in orthodontic care. To learn more about your treatment options for yourself or your child, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. Drs. Greg Nalchajian and Nicole Nalchajian will assess your current oral health situation and help you select the type of braces that will provide a beautiful new smile. We look forward to meeting you at Nalchajian Orthodontics!
Life With Braces
At Nalchajian Orthodontics, we understand that creating your new smile takes work. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the process! Drs. Greg and Nicole Nalchajian want your orthodontic care to be comfortable and pleasant. By making a few small adjustments to your day-to-day routine, you can ensure that your new appliances create a smile that shines for years to come!
EATING WITH BRACES
While plenty of your favorite foods and snacks can be enjoyed while you have braces, some foods can damage your appliances and need to be avoided. Take care to avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy, or crunchy.
Foods to Avoid with Braces
- Chewy foods – bagels, licorice, beef jerky
- Crunchy foods – popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods – caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods – nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into – corn on the cob, whole apples, carrots
Foods You Can Eat with Braces
- Dairy – soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads – soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins (without nuts)
- Grains – pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry – soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood – tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables – mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits – applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats – ice cream (without nuts), milkshakes, Jell-O®, soft cake
SORENESS CAUSED FROM BRACES AND APPLIANCES
It is normal to feel a little sore after you first get your braces. A mild saltwater solution can help relieve the pain. Simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water, then swish and gargle for a couple of minutes. Do not swallow the saltwater solution. An over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen, can also help relieve the pain.
Your mouth might feel different for a little while and can take up to 2 weeks to get used to the new appliances. Your lips, cheeks, and tongue can become irritated during this time. Wax can be applied to reduce tenderness. A mild saltwater solution can help relieve the pain and help the irritations inside your lips and cheeks heal more quickly. Simply dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water, then swish and gargle for a couple of minutes. Do not swallow the saltwater solution.
Loose teeth during your treatment is normal—in fact, it is necessary for tooth movement. Once your treatment has been completed, your teeth will no longer be loose.
LOOSE WIRES AND BANDS
Please contact our office if your wires and bands become loose. We will resolve this issue as soon as possible and repair your appliance if needed. If you are unable to see us right away, you can use the back of a spoon or a pencil eraser to push a loose or poking wire back into position gently. If you are experiencing any pain or irritation because of a broken wire, wax or a cotton ball soaked in water can help. Be sure to bring any piece of your appliance that may have broken or fallen off to the appointment.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR APPLIANCES
You need to know how to take care of your appliances and follow your orthodontist’s instructions, such as the use of your headgear, rubber bands, retainer, and other appliances.
PLAYING SPORTS WITH BRACES
To prevent damage while you play sports, consider wearing a mouth guard. In the case of a sports emergency, check your mouth and appliance for any sign of damage. Contact us immediately if you notice a loose wire or bracket.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR TEETH
During your orthodontic treatment, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene habits. Improper care can lead to a delay in your orthodontic treatment or even cavities and gum disease. Be sure to brush and floss and wear your appliances as directed.
BRACES AT NALCHAJIAN ORTHODONTICS
We will check in with you during your adjustment appointments to make sure that your treatment plan is on track. It is also the ideal time to ask us any questions about your orthodontic care. If you have a question for us and do not have an appointment, please give us a call at our offices in Fresno, CA, or Clovis, CA. Drs. Greg and Nicole and the rest of our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have and can work through several solutions over the phone.