How Orthodontics Saves Smiles

dca-blog_caring-for-braces-retainers

Family orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with common problems like overbites, underbites, tooth crowding, and crooked teeth. When neglected, these conditions can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, premature tooth loss, difficulty chewing or biting, and even headaches or earaches. Orthodontists have special training and experience in treating the problems using a number of permanent and removable orthodontic appliances such as braces for kids and adults. Traditional braces are effective at any age, but it’s best to apply them during the adolescent years while the body and bone structure are still forming. However, metal braces can have a significant impact on the self-esteem of sensitive children, so alternatives like clear ceramic braces or removable aligners should be carefully considered.

Common Types of Braces

There are several types of traditional, affordable braces. The most common are brackets made from metal, ceramic, or plastic and bonded to the teeth. Ceramic brackets are clear and provide a less-noticeable option. Lingual braces attach to the backside of teeth where they are not visible. A newer alternative is a series of plastic aligners that are worn over the teeth and removed for eating and brushing.

Length of Treatment

Most people need to wear braces for a year or two. However, treatment times depend on the severity of your spacing or bite problem. After braces are removed, it may be necessary to wear a retainer.

Soreness with Braces

At each follow-up visit, wires are tightened to deliver increased pressure and gradually move teeth to the desired position. Your teeth and jaws may be temporarily sore after adjustments. Patients who wear aligners may experience mouth soreness while adjusting to a new tray.

Types of Foods to Avoid



Avoid foods that are chewy, hard, or crunchy as these can damage wires and loosen brackets. Hard foods like carrots and apples should be cut into small pieces. While wearing braces, it is advisable to limit sugary and starchy foods that encourage plaque formation.

Caring for Braces

Brush after every meal, and check your teeth to be sure they are clean. Use a floss threader to clean under wires, and have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. Excellent dental care is essential to avoid staining while wearing braces.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Virginia, call Dental One Associates of Virginia today at (855) 979-3337 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Virginia. With 6 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Virginia, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Virginia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Friendly staff and efficient visit.
Anonymous
All of the staff are caring, professional, and go out of their way to ensure that your experience is a great one!
Linda W.
The staff at Howard Hoffman, DDS in Springfield are friendly and competent.
Anonymous
Ive been a patient for quite a few years and have always received great service with a very helpful and caring staff
Jeffrey B.
Tremendous sensitivity and help for my elderly mother’s oral situation. Much more to come. Thank you!
Minna H.
Had a wonderful experience. Staff was very accommodating with my schedule as well. I highly recommend Dental One Associates.
Ivan J.
Everyone very friendly
Francine L.
The staff is friendly and professional and the service is always prompt.
T. M.
As soon I walk in the office Brenda and Neeru made me feel so comfortable. Dr. O explain my treatment and I would recommend Dental One associates to Family and friends.
Moncia S.
Dr Z!!! He is kind, explains everything that is going to be done and he is compassionate. If you need a lot of work done, he gives you options.
Karen M.
The staff is wonderful and the Dentists are very knowledgeable.
William W.
Outstanding service, as always!!!
Wayne D.
They filled a cavity and are replacing an old crown. It all went very well. I’ve been going to Hoffman Associates for many years and it’s always been very professional and caring.
Kevin B.
Everyone was very friendly, thorough and helpful. I felt like I was in good hands.
Alicia S.
I have been coming to dental one on Smoketown Rd for years the staff there are wonderful. Dr Z and my hygenist is amazing. My daughter also comes here. Thank you Dental One.
Charmaine D.
Very competent and professional as well as friendly.
Elaine P.
Great experience. Got in fast, great staff, clean facility.
Tonya W.
Excellent service!
Maria F.
Great dental care, comfortable check-up.
Michael D.
Dr. Zamakhchari performed two tooth extractions with two dental assistants and was done professionally. Not much pain afterwards and are healing rapidly. Am very pleased.
Alfred J.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (855) 979-3337