Our commitment to you does not end with placing your braces and making the periodic adjustments to them. At Longo Orthodontics, we understand that emergencies do come up, and we’re here to help, both with expert advice and the hands-on repairs to your braces that will keep them functioning optimally and safely.
Your braces have wires and/or ligatures, as well as brackets. Under ideal circumstances, they will stay in place without any difficulties for the entire course of your treatment. However, it’s accurate to say that life happens, and you may find yourself in need of our orthodontic care in Omaha. If one of your wires, ligatures, or brackets comes loose, protrudes, or is knocked off, what you do and don’t do is crucial. Do not try to cut a wire on your own, because it is all too easy to end up swallowing the piece accidentally, and then you have a whole other emergency on your hands. Instead, put a piece of orthodontic wax or the eraser from a pencil top on the sharp edge until you can get to our orthodontic care in Omaha. The same it true with a bracket. You’ll find that having orthodontic wax at home is a valuable tool when you are wearing braces. If your tongue, cheek, or gums have become scraped or otherwise injured, rinse with warm salt water and then follow that up with antiseptic rinse. For that, or any mouth irritation or soreness, make use of over-the-counter pain relief medication until you are able to come to our office for direct help.
Keep our number programmed in your phone, because orthodontic emergencies do arise, and we want you to have the best, safest, and most comfortable experience possible with your braces. Contact our orthodontic care in Omaha office for a prompt appointment.
There are few more satisfying things you can do for the look of your smile and your own comfort than to get your teeth straightened if you need to. At Longo Orthodontics, our goal is to help you decide from between the two excellent and effective methods we make available, and then to use that option to guide your teeth into a more ideal position. Our orthodontist in Omaha will be more than happy to help you decide which type of braces are ideal for you.
The pros of metal braces include having over a century of history behind them, as well as being the best treatment for some of the more complex cases of misaligned teeth. In addition, their fixed nature eliminates any obligation on your part to know when to take them out and when to put them back in. They stay in 24/7, always working on your behalf. Metal braces are more lightweight and stylish today thanks to the advancements that have been made over the past decade or so. As for the cons, well you have to restrict eating certain types of foods during treatment with metal braces. Sticky and chewy items could be caught in your braces, while crunchy ones could cause damage to them. Also, there is the chance, especially early on, that your braces might cause mouth soreness or irritation. Invisalign eliminates discomfort with plastic construction. It’s removable, so you can eat all your favorites. And it’s invisible, so no one can see that you’re having your teeth straightened. The only real con would be that if you do not think you are disciplined enough to keep your aligners in when they’re supposed to be, Invisalign’s removability might not be right for you.
Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist in Omaha today to determine which of our braces is best suited to you.