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Routine Braces Adjustments Are Important for Realigning Your Child’s Teeth

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The braces installed in your child’s mouth have been designed to realign their teeth through the course of routine adjustment sessions. At each of these appointments, Dr. Muhammad Abey will apply a modest amount of tension to the orthodontic components. In the due course of time, this will progressively move their teeth into their ideal alignment.

Each adjustment is also an opportunity to replace or repair any braces hardware that has suffered excess wear and tear. If your son or daughter has noticed a problem with an element, be sure to let the orthodontist know. That way he can pay extra attention to the area or develop a plan to repair or replace it.

At the same time, it’s not unheard of for a spacer to feel loose or even fall out right before a scheduled adjustment session. Should this happen, you should call our clinic for advice. In most cases, we will simply recommend scheduling an earlier adjustment appointment.

Good oral hygiene habits are also important in the realignment process. Excessive wear and tear on braces hardware or tooth decay complications can increase the duration of the alignment process. If you are struggling to clean in and around any part of your braces, feel free to ask your orthodontist for advice.

If your son or daughter had braces installed in Wayne, New Jersey, and they have a scheduling conflict with an upcoming adjustment appointment you should call 973-341-3180 to reschedule. Our Wayne Family Orthodontics orthodontic team is happy to help you.

How to Respond to an Orthodontic Emergency

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You are on your way to reaching a healthier, straighter smile when your braces become damaged. Don’t worry. If this happens, call our office for an appointment with our orthodontist. Until your appointment, there are some things you can do to get help with common orthodontic problems.

Loose brackets – If there is a loose bracket, you can apply a piece of orthodontic wax to reattach loose brackets temporarily. Wax can also be placed over the bracket to provide a cushion between the bracket and the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth to increase comfort and protection.
Poking or broken wire – Use a cotton swab or a pencil eraser to move a poking or broken wire to a more comfortable, safer position. If the wire can’t be moved, place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the end to keep it from poking the inside of your mouth. If the wire is still causing discomfort, you can cut it with scissors or nail clippers. If a sore develops in your mouth from the wire, rinse with warm salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash.
Discomfort with braces – It is normal to feel discomfort for about a week after your braces are placed. After routine adjustments, discomfort is also normal. You may take a non-aspirin pain reliever to relieve discomfort. Placing a heating pad or a warm washcloth on the jaw can also relieve soreness.

To learn more about orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Muhammad Abey, contact Wayne Family Orthodontics today.

Use Invisalign® for a Straighter, Healthier Smile

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For those who have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, gaining a straight, beautiful, healthy smile doesn’t have to be a big hassle. With Invisalign® in Wayne, New Jersey, you’ll know what to expect during the entire process.

To begin the Invisalign process, have a consultation with Dr. Muhammad Abey and discuss your needs and goals. Our orthodontist will evaluate your smile and determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you. Impressions and images will be taken of your smile so that your treatment plan can be mapped out. Your treatment plan will include the exact movement of your teeth and the approximate length of your treatment.

Your clear aligners will be nearly invisible, so you can smile with confidence and pride. Invisalign aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day to achieve optimal results. Your aligners should be removed when you eat and when you brush and floss. Each set of aligners will gradually move your teeth to their ideal positions. Depending on your specific needs, our orthodontist may recommend that you move to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks.

For more information and to set up a consultation, we invite you to contact Wayne Family Orthodontics today. We are thrilled to help you on your journey to a straight, healthy smile!