Treatment Info

BRACES

At first you may notice general tenderness/ soreness - it will not last forever! It is common for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and get used to the braces.

  • Eat softer foods for a few days
  • Cold foods such as Jell-O and yogurt help discomfort
  • Warm saltwater rinses 1-2 times daily
  • OTC Tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed
  • Wax in areas that are poking/ uncomfortable

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ALIGNERS

Each set of aligners needs to be worn for 2 weeks (or what Dr. Lenhart/ Dr. Sherman specifies), before progressing to the next set. Wearing your aligners 24 hours a day, except for eating and drinking, is necessary to achieve the desired orthodontic movements.

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CARRIERE MOTION APPLIANCE

There are 3 components to a Carriere Motion appliance: a custom-sized and bonded Carriere Motion appliance, along with bonded tubes placed on molars, a customized clear retainer that you wear as directed by Dr. Lenhart or Dr. Sherman, orthodontic elastics (Force 1 or Force 2) that you wear from the Carriere hooks to the hooks on the bonded tubes.

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PALATAL EXPANDER

The palatal expander is an orthodontic appliance that gently separates the bony suture on the roof of your mouth (hard palate) to widen it and make room for permanent teeth. There are many types of palatal expanders and Dr. Lenhart and Dr. Sherman have carefully chosen which expander best fits your specific needs.    

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FIXED (BONDED) LOWER RETAINER

Your lower retainer is a fixed appliance, designed to maintain your teeth in their corrected position.  Because the retainer wire is attached to the inside of your lower front teeth, it requires special attention.

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MARA

Eating may be more difficult for 4-10 days, and you will be biting on your incisors. We suggest during these days, to eat softer foods and cut your food into smaller pieces. Before long, you will be able to eat a normal diet.  Remember, always avoid any hard or sticky food that will damage your appliance.

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RETAINERS

The retainers are removable and should be worn approximately 22 hours a day for 10 weeks, unless directed otherwise by Dr. Lenhart and Dr. Sherman.

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SCHWARZ

This appliance allows for us to upright lower molars and allows the upper palatal expander to be more effective. It can also help with crowding of lower teeth!

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SEPARATORS

Little elastic modules, shaped like a small doughnut are a type of separator we use.  They can be clear or blue colored.  They are gently placed in between your teeth in a fashion similar to flossing. Once in place they gently move certain teeth slightly apart to allow us to accurately place bands at your next appointment.

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TONGUE APPLIANCE

This appliance is designed to re-train your tongue to stay away from your front teeth and allow for your open bite to correct.

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LASER TREATMENT

Lasers allow us to remove soft tissue so that we can bond brackets or reveal more of the crown of a tooth.

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