Retainer doesn’t fit?

You have waited a long time to get your braces removed, but your orthodontic treatment isn't finished yet!

Right after your braces come off, orthodontic patients will receive their retainers.  Sometimes after patients have their braces off we may get a few calls asking why their retainer no longer fits. One reason why this may occur is because something may have happened to distort the shape of the retainer. Clear/plastic retainers can be affected by hot liquids as the heat can warp them.  If they distort just a tiny bit, it can affect how your retainer fits in your mouth.  Traditional wire and acrylic retainers can become distorted by putting the retainer in your mouth incorrectly or stepping or sitting on it.  Brookfield ortodontics, ortodontists, braces,brookfield

Unfortunately, the main reason we see a retainer not fitting is because the retainer is not being warn according to the details given to patients when they receive them.

Keep in mind, that a retainer helps keep your teeth in place after the use of braces.  In order for your teeth to straighten, they will loosen in the process along with the ligaments that hold them in place.  It is natural for the ligaments to want to pull your teeth back to their original position.  By using a retainer, it allows your teeth to tighten back up with the ligaments in the new position. Patients may notice that if they don't wear their retainer, their teeth can drift back to where they were before.  Your orthodontist will recommend the amount of time needed to wear the retainer as everyone's teeth respond differently to treatment. If you happen to lose your retainer, it is very important that you contact your orthodontist's office as soon as possible to be fit for a new retainer.  The longer you wait, the better chance of your teeth drifting back into their old positions.  

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Adult Dental Braces – Brookfield Wi

A lot of people may think that braces are only something done during your teenage years, it is when most people have orthodontic treatments.  But there is an increasing number of adults who are now wearing braces.  About 1 million Americans over 18 are now wearing braces.  Braces can offer many health benefits, now matter what age your are.  Give us a call.

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Top 5 Orthodontic Myths:

Top 5 Orthodontic Myths:

1. Braces are expensive. It's hard to put a price on a beautiful smile that you’ll keep for the rest of your life. However, we will work hard to create a plan for you that maximizes your insurance benefit and makes treatment as affordable as possible.
2 .Braces are painful. There may be some minor discomfort and sensitivity directly after an adjustment, but the majority of the time you won't even notice the braces are there. And if you choose Invisalign, you won't even see them!
3. Braces are ugly. Modern advances have brought braces a long way. From customizable bands to the Invisalign system, braces can now be colorful or even invisible!
4. Braces needed only to straighten teeth. Orthodontics isn't just about pretty teeth. Improper bites aren't always obvious, but can negatively affect the way you chew and more. Getting your teeth and jawbone in the correct position will create harmony and better function.
5. Braces are for kids. There is no age limit for orthodontics. The nature of how your teeth move and shift is the same in adults as it is in children. Most importantly, it's never too late to use a great smile.

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Braces and Orthodontists in Brookfield Wi – Dr Todd Connell Orthodontics

Everyone Leaves With Simply Spectacular Smiles.

At Dr. Todd Connell Orthodontics, each patient's treatment plan is uniquely their own.


Metal or Traditional, Braces

This is the most common type of braces. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than they were only a few years ago. The reason most patients choose metal braces is because they’re most efficient and effective at moving teeth. You can customize your braces with colored bands and change the look of your braces with each visit.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent material and are designed to be less noticeable. This option is most popular with adult patients, due to the cosmetic appeal. They have some small disadvantages, however. Ceramic brackets are a little more fragile than metal brackets, and the elastic ties can become discolored between visits, especially if you drink a lot of coffee, tea or red wine, or if you smoke.

With either of these options, your appointments can be monthly or every other month with excellent brushing and dental care.

When you first meet Dr. Connell, you’ll appreciate his passion for life, learning, and the arts. His dedication to the health and happiness of others is clear in the way he works with patients.

Dr Connell’s commitment to lifelong learning shines through in the work he does with dental students. He has served as an adjunct associate professor at Marquette University’s highly regarded Dental School for more than 20 years and is active in several study clubs. His recommendations are based on a thorough understanding of the peer reviewed scientific literature. He has authored published editorials in the Journal of the American Dental Association(JADA) and the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics(AJODO) voicing concerns regarding over treatment.

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