Fouda Orthodontics

Prof. Dr. Maher Abdelsalam Fouda Dr. Ahmed Maher Fouda Dr. Sherif Maher Fouda
Questions To Ask
  • 1- What types of braces are available for adults?

    Adults can be treated with all types of braces:

    • Metal-non self-ligating
    • Metal-self ligating
    • Ceramic (clear)
    • Aligners (Invisalign)
    • Lingual

  • 2- What types of braces are the best for youth?

    Typically, metal braces are ideal for youths .They allows for the most efficient movement of teeth, do not stain, and many metal braces are low- profile that minimizes discomfort.

  • 3- What's the proper brushing technique when you have braces?

    Brushing with braces requires a specific technique:

    • 1- First, angulation of the toothbrush above and below the braces is critical to dislodge large pieces of food.
    • 2- This should be followed by brushing the biting surface of all the teeth.
    • 3- Next, massaging the gum tissue surrounding the braces for 2-3 minutes should be performed.
    • 4- Flossing should be performed whether before or after brushing. Note: Adequate tooth brushing with braces will take 4-5 minutes.

  • 4- How important is flossing when you have braces?

    Flossing is extremely important while braces are on the teeth. While flossing with braces can be time consuming, every orthodontic patient should floss.

  • 5- What are the colored elastic things on some kid's braces?

    These elastics hold the arch wire to the bracket. They can be changed at each appointment and there are many colors to choose from.

  • 6- What are some common problems that kids encounter which can be corrected by braces?

    • - Crowding
    • - Spacing
    • - Bite imbalanes
  • 7- When should parents consult an orthodontist about braces for their child?

    It is recommended that parents have their children evaluated by an orthodontist between ages 7 to 8. At this age, the first permanent molars are usually erupted, as well as the front four teeth in the upper and lower arches. The vast majority of children will not need active orthodontic treatment at this time. An orthodontist will be able to provide information regarding possible future orthodontic needs and provide an observation schedule to monitor any developing issue.

  • 8- How often will I need to see the orthodontist during treatment?

    Once braces are placed on the teeth, patients can expect to see their orthodontists about every 4-8 weeks.

  • 9- Can I continue to play sports while wearing braces?

    Absolutely! Be aware that a mouth guard is highly recommended for patients participating in any sports activities.

  • 10- Does getting braces hurt?

    In general, having braces doesn't "hurt". It is possible however that after certain visits, such as when braces are first put on the teeth or when major adjustments are made, that some teeth become sensitive for a few days .In that case, a light analgesic may help. Consequently, patients should feel minimal discomfort following adjustment visits.

  • 11- Do I need to continue my dental check-ups during orthodontic treatment?

    - YES, it is very important that you continue seeing your dentist regularly throughout your orthodontic treatments.
    - Braces and most orthodontic appliances will not prevent your dentist from doing dental examinations and cleanings. If necessary, we can remove parts of appliances if your dentist need access to some teeth for specific interventions.

  • 12- Can I have dental cleaning if I have braces?

    • 1. Yes it's very important you continue seeing your general dentist regularly according to his /her recommendations throughout your orthodontic treatment.
    • 2. Wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances will not prevent your dentist from doing regular check-ups and cleanings.
    • 3. If necessary, we can remove part of your appliances to allow your dentist to do dental work on specific, teeth during orthodontic treatment.
  • 13- How long will my orthodontic treatment last?

    Treatment duration depends on many factors such as:

      • o Patient's age
      • o Remaining growth
      • o Case complexity
      • o Patient Cooperation during treatments.
    • - In general, treatments can last between 12 and 30 months with an average of 20 to 22 months.
    • - The newer technologies that we use allow us to treat a majority of the cases 4 to 6 months faster than with conventional approaches and we frequently complete corrections in 15 to 18 months or even less.
    • - A clinical evaluation by the orthodontist will give you an approximation of the duration of your proposed treatment.

  • After Treatment

    - What is Orthodontic retention?

    The retention phase is the period immediately following the removal of the corrective appliances (braces or other appliances) during which special: measurements are taken to stabilize the results obtains during the orthodontic treatment. This Period may vary between one to many years. Fixed or removable appliances, called retainers, may be utilized to maintain the teeth in their new corrected position.

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