Orthodontics in St. Charles MO

Invisalign

For those who wish to straighten their teeth without having to worry about wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be just the solution for you! Invisalign aligners are a convenient, effective, and aesthetic treatment option. Over a period of time and a series of custom-made aligners, Invisalign will comfortably straighten your teeth. Invisalign can correct:

  • Gaps
  • Problems with the bite
  • Misalignment
  • Crowding

Invisalign is an incredible alternative to metal braces.  Please contact our St. Charles, MO dental practice today to schedule your Invisalign consultation with the dentist. We will be happy to help you discover if Invisalign is right for you!

FastBraces

At Elm Dental Care, we now offer FastBraces, a convenient, efficient way to straighten your teeth. By moving the root of the tooth and the tooth’s crown at the same time, FastBraces can effectively straighten your teeth in about one year. Some patients have even achieved their desired results in as little as three months!

FastBraces is a safe, affordable, and effective treatment option for both children and adults. The triangular-shaped brackets and single wire that make up the FastBraces system are designed to give you the straight teeth and beautiful smile you want in less time than ever before. For more information on FastBraces, or to schedule your orthodontic consultation, please call us soon.

The Process

Many orthodontic problems are inherited and can be caused by a variety of factors, including jaw size, tooth size, irregularities, overbites, underbites, and missing or extra teeth. In addition, orthodontic problems can be caused by accidents, thumb sucking, dental disease, and premature tooth loss. Habits such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, lip or pacifier sucking, and fingernail biting can cause bad bites, which also cause orthodontic problems.

We recommend an orthodontic evaluation as soon as the permanent teeth begin to come in. We have found that early intervention often provides the best results. During an initial exam, certain habits and problems will be evaluated. If necessary, orthodontic treatment will be recommended. If early treatment isn’t required, periodic follow-up exams will be scheduled so that we can make sure the teeth continue to come in properly.

When you do need orthodontic treatment, the dentist will take impressions, X-rays, and photographs of your teeth, face, head, and smile to evaluate your mouth. He will also review your medical and dental histories. This exam will help him create an appropriate, effective orthodontic treatment plan so you can enjoy healthy, aligned teeth.

As part of your treatment, spacers may be placed between your teeth in order to create extra space for the orthodontic bands. They can cause soreness, but this often goes away after a few days. If your spacers come out, please call us at Elm Dental Care immediately.

Foods to Avoid

  • Whole apples (cut into wedges first)
  • Bubble gum
  • Chewy or gummy candies such as caramel, taffy, nut brittles, etc.
  • Carrot sticks (eat thin curls)
  • Corn on the cob (but it is perfectly fine to eat off the cob!)
  • Corn chips or crisp tacos
  • Hard foods
  • Ice (don’t crunch!)
  • Lemons and lemon juice
  • Nuts
  • Outer edges of pizza crust or crusty breads
  • Popcorn
  • Large, hard pretzels
  • Sticky foods
  • Sugary foods

When your braces are in place, remember to continue your daily home hygiene routine. This will help ensure that your teeth remain healthy and no other problems come up. While brushing your teeth with braces can be difficult, it is worth it in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to brush your teeth within five minutes of eating anything. This helps to keep your teeth cavity-free. Using a water oral hygiene device can help to remove some food particles that a toothbrush cannot reach, but it is to be used as a supplement to brushing and flossing, not a substitute. And as always, remember to keep your six-month cleaning appointments with the dentist.

If you have questions about how to take care of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment, please contact our office soon. We’ll be happy to help you achieve optimal oral health.