All About Braces

Braces generally have two components: brackets and wires. Today’s brackets can be made of metal or of translucent (clear) ceramic. They are usually attached to the front of your teeth (metal & ceramic braces), but some can be “hidden” behind your teeth (lingual braces). Wires, which do the work of moving your teeth, are placed through slots in the brackets and attached with color ties which we change for you during your periodic visits.

FAQs About Braces

What are my options if I don’t want braces that show?

Should your case warrant it, you might want to ask Dr. Ko or Dr. Yoon about lingual braces, which are attached behind the teeth. Ceramic braces may be another option to lessen the visibility of braces; they blend in with the teeth for a more natural effect. Additionally, the use of a series of clear aligner trays (invisible braces) such as Invisalign® instead of traditional braces may be used to correct some problems.  The doctor will review with you the best options during your initial consultation.

Can I play sports while wearing braces?

Yes, but make sure you wear a protective mouth guard. Ask Dr. Ko or Dr. Yoon to recommend the right kind of mouth guard while you are having orthodontic treatment. Keep your smile beautiful after treatment and wear a mouth guard at every practice and every game.

Can I play sports while wearing braces?

Yes, but make sure you wear a protective mouth guard. Ask Dr. Ko or Dr. Yoon to recommend the right kind of mouth guard while you are having orthodontic treatment. Keep your smile beautiful after treatment and wear a mouth guard at every practice and every game.

Can I play musical instruments while wearing braces?

With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.

What foods & drinks should I avoid while wearing braces?

  • Sticky foods such as gum, licorice, Tootsie Rolls, Now and Laters, Caramels, Starburst.
  • Hard foods such as ice, whole nuts, taco shells, bread crust, hard rolls, tortilla chips, candies, popcorn, corn on the cob.
  • Sugary foods (any food high in refined sugar) such as cake, candy, cookies, ice cream, kettlecorn, etc.
  • Soda (the worst offender), sports drinks, sweetened tea, along with other juices and drinks that are high in sugar – as these can cause decalcifications (white lesions) on your teeth and lead to dental decay.

Additional resources about why you should get orthodontic treatment.



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