When it comes time to wear rubber bands (elastics), we cannot stress the importance of them enough! Rubber bands are small elastic bands that connect teeth from the top to the bottom in order to make your teeth fit together properly. You typically wear them 12-24 hours a day or as instructed and you are allowed to take them out when you eat or brush your teeth. This takes a lot of discipline and responsibility because you must plan ahead and make sure you bring your elastics with you everywhere and of course remember to put them back in!

It is important to wear rubber bands to help avoid joint issues, to help with grinding or clenching of the teeth, and to keep your treatment on schedule! We stress excellent rubber band wear so patients can get the absolute best result from their treatment in braces. If you are not consistent with wearing rubber bands, your teeth will become sore and take longer to move or not move at all.  At first you will experience some discomfort from them, but just like anything else with braces it takes time getting used to.

So if you are anxiouis to keep your treatment moving on schedule, keep up good brushing habits, stay away from things on the no -no list, and wear your rubber bands! If you ever run out of elastics, call our office at 608-754-4998 so we can mail you some, or stop in during our office hours to pick some up!

 

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A General Dentist is someone you would see for a routine teeth cleaning or filling. They perform dental treatments such as restorative (fillings, crowns, bridges), prosthetic (dentures), endodontics (root canal) therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, and exodontia (extraction of teeth), as well as performing examinations, radiographs (x-rays) and diagnosis. They are required to complete dental school but does not need additonal schooling beyond graduating from dental school.

Orthodonitsts are specialists in moving teeth and aligning jaws who dedicate their professional lives to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in children and adults. Orthodontists focus their work primarily on orthodontics only and are able to do so because they complete an extra 2 years minimum of schooling beyond dental school. This makes them uniquely qualified to diagnose, prevent, and treat orthodontic problems quickly and comfortably. Orthodontists are trained to do everything that general dentists do, they just don’t practice it everyday in their office. A visit at the orthodontist office may involve getting new wires, changing color ties, or adding brackets. 

 

Did you know:

Around 5 million Americans are in braces right now! Just think of all the beautiful smiles that are being created! 

There are approximately 5,410 orthodontists in the U.S that are hard at work to give patients new and improved smiles.

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i-Cat X-ray Machine

We have added the new i-Cat machine (left) next to our digital x-ray machine. The assistant will operate it from the outside using the control panel on the wall next to the phone. The flat screen monitor will be used to view the image as it is being taken.

The staff at Pelsue Orthodontics is thrilled to announce that the new i-Cat 3-D imaging x-ray machine is now installed in the office! The machine takes a detailed 3-D image of the skull, allowing Dr.s Pelsue to be able to see impactions, supernumeraries (extra teeth), and even airways! We are excited about this new machine because of all the new things we will be able to see that we are unable to detect in a normal x-ray that we take in our office. This information will improve the doctors’ diagnosis as well as the patients’ treatment and results.

The newest and most advanced braces technology has hit Pelsue Orthodontics! We are now treating patients with custom brackets and wires through Insignia technology. Imagine a faster, more comfortable treatment that is 100% personalized for you. Insignia uses computer technology along with digital treatment planning to calculate exactly what wires and brackets to use and where to put them. With Insignia you will be able to actually see what your new smile will look like before you even get your braces on! 

The team here at Pelsue Orthodontics is very excited to have Insignia as an option for our patients. We are thrilled to be able to provide the latest and greatest in orthodontics. Call our office today to set up a complimentary consultation! 

It’s getting to be that time of year again! School is almost here and that means fall sports are starting practice!

Wearing a mouthguard during practice and games is very important in order to prevent injuries while you have your braces on. Our office offers mouth guards that are specifically designed for braces and all types of sports.

Be sure to stop in and pick up your mouthgauard today!