What Happens to Your Lips When You Get Braces to Fix Your Overbite? A huge concern for people who are thinking about getting braces for their overbites is that they will experience discomfort. Such people ask questions about what happens to their mouths and their lips when they get a correction for an overbite. The truth is that some discomfort can exist, but an experienced orthodontist can help to minimize the discomfort to an almost non-existent level. The key is to schedule the care with an excellent provider.
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017
People want braces for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest ones is for healthier teeth and gums. As such, many patients are concerned about the effects braces might have on the roots of their teeth. One of the most common questions we are asked is “Do braces make the roots of your teeth shorter?” While it is possible for roots to grow shorter, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern.
In one study, researchers found that 25 percent of participants hesitate to smile in pictures due to the appearance of their teeth. 28 percent of people in the study don’t smile when they’re featured in social media due to their smile. Lastly, over 80 percent of study participants believe that their teeth are ugly. That’s a lot of people who are unsatisfied with their smile!
All things considered, in professional settings, public or social situations you want your smile to be fabulous. It is hard to feel confident with misaligned teeth, over or under bites, or crowded teeth. Consequently, correcting the problem with braces will result in a more confident smile.
LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 24, 2017
While braces can seem like a ho-hum boring piece of the realm of teenagers, an orthodontist must make sure that they will be helpful to the customer. This is where x-rays come in handy.
What are Orthodontic X-Rays?
X-rays can be a frustrating thing to take when your child is small. If they won’t sit still for the dentist, why would they for the orthodontist when they take x-rays? However, the orthodontic x-rays serve a different purpose than they would via a dentist’s office. The main type of X-ray used is called a bitewing. This type gives the taker a detailed picture of a small section of teeth.
Lighter areas on the X-ray indicate:
Darker areas indicate:
- Root canals
The orthodontists are trained to read the light and dark areas in order to determine if there are issues in a particular area of the mouth. Normal tissues look different than abnormal tissues on the X-rays and knowing the difference could help figure out what to be done next.
Some reasons an X-ray would be taken include:
- A first time at the office
- To see the bones if pain is reported
- To see how recovery is going after a surgery
Why would an x-ray be taken?
Among the reasons orthodontists take x-rays, to begin with, is to be able to identify abnormalities. Whether these are tumors or pathogens that could end up doing serious harm, many show up on x-rays. Often times, these issues are first identified on the x-rays – whether they are done in Manhattan Beach or in Paris. After they have been identified, the patient is referred for a treatment based on what is wrong.
Another reason that x-rays will be taken when having an orthodontic visit is to check on the progress of the treatment. Braces do move the teeth and straighten them out – and for some people, this causes their roots to shorten. This is incredibly rare since only 2% of patients experience this. However, the X-rays can help decide if there is a problem with having too many teeth in the mouth. Sometimes the treatment will begin and teeth will begin to align, but then an overcrowding problem arises. If this happens, a decision is reached about what to do – whether that is the tooth is pulled or if the teeth need to be shifted in a different direction.
What is The Issue
If the overcrowding issue is the problem, an X-ray is usually taken before treatment so that a proper treatment can be done. One or two will be taken along the way if braces are the decision – but most patients only have an X-ray taken before and after the treatment.
A fourth reason an X-ray would be taken is to determine if the jaw bone has any issues that need to be fixed. Whether this means that the jaw is too big, too small, or off center, it can be a problem. When the issue has been determined, tooth position is looked at. If there was no jaw issue, the teeth are still looked at. Missing teeth, extra teeth, or even misplaced teeth are of particular interest to orthodontists. All the information in the X-ray is used to determine if a surgery or tooth extraction is needed to correct the problem.
While children may not sit still for long, getting them to sit still for an X-ray is incredibly useful. These X-rays are used to determine growth patterns in children. They are also used to look at any adult teeth that have yet to push through. Predictions of what kind of growth can be made via these X-rays as well.
In adults, panoramic X-rays (or X-rays that show the entire mouth like a book) are used to identify if a particular treatment will work. Results can be quantified and can be predicted to a certain degree. Changes with treatments can also be seen via the panoramic X-rays.
Lateral cephalograms (or side view X-rays) are used for the same reasons. Like the bitewing, these offer a look at a small section of teeth. Unlike the bitewing, however, the lateral cephalograms show little detail on any one tooth – and show the side of the skull and spinal cord. Computer tracing can be used to help determine how the teeth look with the lips and nose – drawn in of course. Teeth can be traced and a triangle drawn to figure out if there are reasons to use a specific treatment.
While getting an X-ray at the doctor’s entails heavy coats and a large room, the same technology used by orthodontists has regulations set by the state. There is no need to worry about unnecessary exposure. The operators are hand-picked to be sanctioned by the state. The room that the equipment is in has also been sanctioned before it was ever introduced to the X-ray machine.
There is More
On another note, the machines expose a person to less radiation than they’re exposed to in an airplane. The “as little as reasonably achievable” – or ALARA – The rule of thumb helps to keep this practice safe. The idea is to keep the patient exposed to as little radiation as possible. Most people have between three and five X-rays in three to four years, which means it is safe to expect one a year – two if needed for treatment.
Moreover, since the X-rays are stored digitally now, they can be transferred to any office via email. There’s virtually no need for a patient to receive another X-ray if there is little time between the time of the X-ray and the change in offices.
All in all, the X-rays taken by any orthodontist will be used to safely determine what kind of treatment is needed. Should a patient refuse to take an X-ray, a treatment may not be able to be started until more is known about the state of their teeth, gums, jaw, bones, etc. It’s possible this can only be done through X-rays – depending on what is in need of assessment at that time.
Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today
The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating devices
- Wild smile brackets
- Aesthetic devices
- Invisalign for adults and teenagers
In conclusion, make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. It’s easy to get a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved look.
1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Suite B, Manhattan Beach
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How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces. Your child has just gotten braces. Your child’s excited to get the perfect smile, and you’re excited to do something good for your child. A few hours later, the downside of having wire and brackets in their mouths set in. Your child can’t eat solid foods, they have to brush after every meal (even snacks!), they’re now self-conscious of whether food gets stuck between their wires, and now they’re in pain. They’re just not having a great time.
How can you help your child get through this painful process? Here are some tips on how to ease the pain for your child.
Painkillers Will be Your Best Friend
With that being said, do not abuse them. Only let your child have them if they’re in extreme pain. Painkillers like Ibuprofen and the like should do the trick. Be sure to consult your doctor on the recommended dosage. The pain should subside after a week, but if it doesn’t, a trip to the orthodontist to be on the safe side never hurts.
Use a Saline Gargle
Only have your child use a saline gargle if they’re comfortable gargling. If so, have them do it every day until the pain subsides. Use a glass of water and a pinch of salt. This will ease the pain and your child will feel better.
Only Soft Foods for the First Few Days
Your child will be hungry for a few days because it’ll be hard for them to chew foods. They shouldn’t try to eat any crunchy, sticky, or sweet foods. This includes chips, gummy bears, steak, and other similar foods. Instead make sure they eat soft foods, like yogurt, soups, and the like. Solid foods will only hurt their mouth even more, and the food could possibly become stuck in their wires and even knock off their brackets. This means another trip to the office for more pain, so make sure to keep it soft and simple! Speaking of soft foods…
Eat Some Ice Cream!
This is one of the few times when your child will be encouraged to eat sugar! Get your child some ice cream as soon as you can after the procedure is finished. It will relieve swelling and inflammation of the gums. Eating ice cream 1 – 2 times a day should be enough until the pain subsides. Not only will your child receive a cool sensation to dull the pain but they will also get to enjoy a delicious treat in the process.
Soup and Warm Milk Will Help Circulation
Soup and warm milk may not sound like the most appealing liquids, but they’re quite helpful. Heat from these liquids will increase blood circulation in your child’s gums, meaning they will feel less pain.
They Will Hurt, But Wear the Rubber Bands
This is probably one of the most painful parts of the process. Rubber bands are used to correct bites. Depending on how the orthodontist tells your child to apply the rubber bands (from back to front or front to back) will correct the child’s overbite or under-bite. It’s extra pressure combined with brackets and wires that are already moving teeth around. It’ll at least keep hooks from digging into the skin, which also causes pain.
Leave the Sores Alone
Sores may form around your child’s teeth from all the pain and movement. They should not touch the sores with their tongue and certainly not with their fingers! It’s like a pimple: They’ll want to get rid of it but they’ll only make the problem worse. They should do their best to control themselves.
No Acidic Drinks
It may be a liquid but it’s an acidic liquid. Drinking something highly acidic will only irritate sores even more. Be sure your child stays away from sodas and citrus fruit juices. Water, milk and other non-acidic drinks will have to do.
Ice Cubes Are Helpful With Discomfort
If your child has never been the one to eat ice, it would be a good time to start doing so. But they do not need to chew the ice! They should just let the ice sit in their mouths and melt. It will provide the same benefits as ice cream. Chewing the ice may break a bracket and make for more discomfort.
Soft-Bristled Toothbrushes are Your Child’s Best Friend
It may seem like your child needs a toothbrush with hard bristles to get their teeth clean, but this is not the case. A toothbrush with soft bristles is needed to gently clean wires and brackets. Also be sure your child brushes gently in a circular motion on each bracket.
Mouth Guards Are Helpful
Mouth guards can stop the discomfort your child may feel from the various brackets cutting into their mouth or the wires that are poking the back of their jaw. They’ll definitely have to have one if they’re involved in sports. It can also protect their mouth at night so that your child doesn’t accidentally grind their brackets off in their sleep.
Braces are not something to be taken lightly. A lot of time and dedication is needed to properly care for them. Your child will have to brush more, stay away from some foods permanently while they’re on, deal with pain after every visit to tighten them, take extra care when flossing, and so much more. But it’s all worth it.
At Beach Braces, you’ll have an orthodontist dedicated to making the process go as smoothly as possible and to ensure your child has the best results. Please feel free to call us. Our phone number is 310-379-0006. Alternatively, you can make an appointment on-line.
Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Alleviate Discomfort During Braces 2017
Smile. There are many reasons to smile. Some people smile for their significant others and children usually smile for their parents. The one thing that all these smiles should have in common is a healthy set of teeth. One thing that your orthodontist knows is that there is nothing more satisfying than smiling without feeling self-conscious due to dental issues.
What You Can Remedy
- Worn teeth that could lead to tooth sensitivity
- Misaligned teeth that could lead to cavities or plaque
- Bad bites that could make it hard to chew properly or speak
- Overbites and underbites can be dealt with
- Structural issues with the jaw
Of course, these are just some of the issues that our orthodontic specialists can help you with, but there are others. You should know that we have a number of different ways to help you with some of these issues, too.
For example, many of our clients love Invisalign, which is akin to traditional braces except they are totally invisible. Invisalign could take as long as traditional braces to fix certain issues and are also removable.
The treatment does require you to come into the office every two weeks to get an adjusted set of aligners to put enough pressure on the teeth. The pressure helps correct issues with your teeth. We know that living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., can get hectic due to the traffic, but our team will do what is possible to accommodate any visit around your schedule. Visit us at Beach Braces, or give us a call at 310-379-0006 to see if we can give you another reason to smile.
Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Wear a Perfect Smile 2017