If you are seeking straighter teeth for yourself or your child, Geneseo Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Geneseo, NY can help! We offer a wide range of braces and treatment options to suit your unique needs and tastes. Braces today are more versatile, comfortable, and stylish than ever! Dr. Michael Molisani works with patients of all ages in our welcoming, family-friendly office. He will lead you on the best path to achieving a beautiful, functional smile that you are proud to show off, because it is never too late to create a smile you love!
Types of Braces
We use Master Series™ braces, which help to straighten your smile in a reduced period of time! The brackets are small and comfortable, so that you can feel confident in your smile while wearing your braces. Plus, there is a large variety of color options for rubber bands, so you can personalize and have fun with your braces!
Radiance braces consist of clear brackets, so you can achieve a beautiful smile without anyone noticing that you are wearing braces! These brackets are comfortable and undetectable. Plus, they protect your teeth from stains, to ensure that you have a beautiful smile after the braces come off. Radiance braces, made of crystal, are extremely strong, making them resistant to breakage that can disrupt your orthodontic treatment.
Do you want to achieve straight teeth but without the braces? Invisalign® might be for you. This system consists of a series of clear aligners custom designed to align your smile. We use 3D imaging technology to carefully craft your series of aligners. You wear each set of removable aligners for about two weeks, and then move on to the next set. Every eight weeks, you will visit us for a checkup so we can ensure you are on the right track!
Aligners should be worn all day, and only removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. With Invisalign®, you can still eat all of your favorite foods and smile with confidence!
Elastics are rubber bands that are used to guide the teeth in a way that braces are not able to on their own. They help to improve your chewing function and the aesthetics of your smile. They should be worn all the time, except when brushing, flossing, eating, or replacing them. If worn incorrectly, your teeth may not move in the correct direction, and your treatment time may be prolonged! Plus, not wearing your elastics all the time can increase pain, because your teeth and jaws won’t be able to adjust to them. Wearing your elastics all the time will lead to better results all around!
The quad helix is an appliance custom-created to expand the upper teeth by increasing the size of the mouth arch. This is used to help create space for teeth that are overcrowded, to fix a crossbite, or to prevent thumb sucking. The helix is cemented to the first permanent molars. The appliance is adjusted every four to six weeks until we reach the correct expansion, and then it is worn for about three months longer.
While wearing the quad helix, you should avoid hard and sticky foods, and you should brush around the appliance every time you eat. You may experience discomfort after the quad helix is first applied, but it will become more comfortable after a couple of days.
Call our office if you suspect that your quad helix is loose or broken.
A palatal expander is used to expand your upper jaw, by gradually pushing out your upper molars. We will provide you with instructions on how and when to adjust your expander. Once we have achieved the correct expansion, the appliance will stay in place for a few months, to prevent the teeth from shifting back once it is removed.
Class II Corrector
The Class II Corrector corrects both the top and bottom teeth simultaneously, by pulling back the upper teeth and pushing forward the lower teeth to align your bite. You may experience discomfort for a few weeks after the appliance is placed, but over-the-counter painkillers and eating soft foods can help. While wearing this appliance, you should stay away from sticky foods and be careful when eating hard foods. You should brush your teeth after each meal to protect your smile while wearing the Class II Corrector.
If the rod slides out of the spring in your appliance, don’t worry! Just press down on the spring and slide the rod back in. Using a mirror can help when doing this. If you are having trouble putting the appliance back together, call our office for guidance.
Spacers are the small rubber bands that are placed between the teeth, to create the gaps needed to place some appliances, or braces. Avoid trying to adjust or move the spacers, because they can fall out. If you experience discomfort, avoid eating sticky or hard foods, and try eating something cold. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be helpful. Spacers are usually removed after a couple of days, so if you are experiencing discomfort, it is temporary! If a spacer comes out, don’t worry. It probably has already done its job, and we can address it at your next appointment.
How to Address Common Problems with Braces
Discomfort or Pain
After your braces are placed or adjusted, you may experience some discomfort or soreness. This is normal! Try rinsing with warm salt water, or using a numbing gel on any sores that develop in your mouth. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be helpful for improving discomfort.
Loose Band or Bracket
The bracket is the part of the braces attached to the center of the tooth. If the bracket is sticking out, sterilize a pair of tweezers and use them to slide the bracket along the wire to a position in between two teeth. Then, you can rotate the bracket to an upright position and slide it back along the bracket until it is in the center of the tooth. If the bracket is no longer attached to the wire, bring it to your next appointment. If you need to have your braces repaired, give us a call, and we will schedule you for an additional appointment if needed.
If a wire is poking you, a spoon or eraser can be used to bend it into a more comfortable position. Or, you can cover the poking end of the wire with wax. Then, call us to schedule an appointment for getting the wire adjusted so it is more comfortable!
The ligatures are the small rubber bands or wires that attach the wire to the bracket. If a ligature comes off, a pair of sterile tweezers can be used to put it back in place. If a ligature becomes loose, you can remove it and then replace it with tweezers. If a wire ligature is sticking out, use a pencil eraser to bend it down so it no longer causes irritates the lip.
Lost Tie or Colored Elastic
If you have lost a tie or elastic, don’t worry! We can take care of it at your next appointment. But, if this results in a poking wire, give us a call so we can fix it.
It is normal for your teeth to feel a bit lose during orthodontic treatment. This is necessary for your braces to be able to move your teeth into the correct position. Once the treatment is complete, your teeth will no longer feel loose.