Orthodontic FAQs

At Hoybjerg Family Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and as informed as possible. We serve patients in the Sacramento, Placerville, Roseville, El Dorado Hills and Modesto, CA areas for all of their orthodontic needs, including metal braces, self-ligating braces, and Invisalign. For your convenience, Dr. Hoybjerg and his skilled team have put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear around our orthodontic offices.

Orthodontics is a specialize field of dentistry which focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

What is Orthodontics?

An orthodontist, like Dr. Hoybjerg, has received two or three additional years of training and experience in order to be a dental specialist.  Your orthodontist is certified and qualified to straighten your teeth, correct any misaligned jaw structure, and improve the anesthetics of your smile.

Braces are one of the tools that Dr. Hoybjerg may use to improve the overall health and aesthetics of your smile. There are a number of different types of braces from which to choose:

  • Clear braces
  • Ceramic braces
  • Gold braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Invisible braces
  • Traditional metal braces

The length of time necessary for wearing braces will vary depending on a number of factors. Although the treatment can last anywhere from six to 30 months, typically, braces are worn for about 22 months.

While braces should not cause pain, it is possible that you will feel a minimal amount of discomfort in the early days of the treatment as your teeth, cheeks, gums, and mouth become accustomed to the new braces. Your teeth may also feel a little sensitive and uncomfortable after a tightening or adjustment.

To strengthen the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth, we recommend you brush at least three times a day while you are wearing braces. This consistent and regular brushing will assist in removing food particles that may be stuck in the crevices of the braces.  It is also crucial to floss daily in order to reach the places that your toothbrush cannot reach.  At your next appointment, feel free to ask Dr. Hoybjerg to demonstrate the best way to properly brush and floss with braces. Furthermore, we suggest the following:

  • You can help prevent cavities by using toothpaste that contains fluoride.  See if your orthodontist or regular dentist recommends that you use a fluoride rinse.
  • Always brush your teeth and floss while you have your retainer out.  Don’t forget to put your retainer in a safe place where it will not be broken or lost.
  • It helps to clean your retainer by gently brushing it with a toothbrush with toothpaste on it.  While it is helpful to soak your retainer in denture cleaner, you should never put it in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • Throughout your treatment plan, avoid sugary foods, which will increase the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Avoid foods that are sticky, foods that are hard, and foods that can possibly get stuck in your teeth.

Definitely!  It is actually even more important to see your dentist on a regular basis while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.  Braces can cause more food to be stuck in your teeth in places that are not reachable with your toothbrush.  This scenario provides more opportunities for bacteria to build up in hidden places, which can ultimately lead to more cavities, more gingivitis, and more gum disease. Your dentist will coordinate closely with your orthodontist to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and clean throughout your entire treatment.

While there may be some initial adjustment needed, braces should certainly not prohibit you from  participating in these types of activities. However, it is recommended that you wear a mouth guard while playing contact sports in order to protect your teeth and braces.