Braces, sometimes called orthodontia, are the most common orthodontic treatment for straightening and realigning your teeth to create a happy and healthier smile. Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers several different types of braces (metal or clear) to meet your needs.

When you visit Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, our team will evaluate your teeth, bite and jaw relationship to determine if braces are the best option for you. Braces can help correct:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Problems with the bite, including crossbite, open bite, underbite, and overbite

During your treatment, you will visit our office on a regular basis so we can make sure that your braces are adjusted as needed to continue progressing towards a straighter, healthier smile. Our skilled orthodontists and team will help you reach all of your oral health and appearance goals through personalized, high-quality care. To learn more about your personalized braces treatment, please contact our office today.

Life With Braces

When you begin wearing braces, you will need to make adjustments to parts of your daily life and learn how to properly care for your new appliances. Our orthodontic team is committed to making the transition to braces as smooth as possible.

They have provided the following helpful information to help you adjust to life with braces.

Braces and Food

Be attentive to what you eat while wearing braces. Certain types of foods should be avoided, as they can become lodged between the wires of your braces and in some cases can even damage or pull off your brackets!

Foods that you should avoid include:

  • Chewy foods – such as bagels and licorice
  • Crunchy foods – such as popcorn, ice, and chips
  • Sticky foods – such as caramel and chewing gum
  • Hard foods – such as nuts and hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into – such as corn on the cob, raw carrots, and uncut apples
  • Sugary Liquids- such as soda, Gatorade and sweet tea.

There are, however, many foods that you can still enjoy while wearing braces. These include:

  • Dairy – such as soft cheese, pudding, and milk-based drinks
  • Soft breads – such as soft tortillas, pancakes, and muffins without nuts
  • Grains – such as pasta and soft-cooked rice
  • Meats/Poultry – such as soft-cooked chicken, lunch meats, and meatballs
  • Seafood – such as tuna salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables – such as mashed potatoes, steam spinach, and beans
  • Fruits – such as applesauce, bananas, and fruit juice
  • Treats – such as ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, soft cake, and Jell-O

Remember, your braces treatment will not last forever. If you have to modify your diet because of your orthodontic treatment, it will be temporary and well worth it!

Before & After

Welcome to our before and after page! Please feel free to explore the results our orthodontists have provided for our patients in Richmond, Virginia, with braces. To learn more about braces and to make your appointment with Drs. Bibona and Schanilec, please contact Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics at 804-740-7281!