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Orthodontic Braces
Portland, OR


A Girl with braces smiling while lying on the dental chair at Senestraro Family Orthodontics Unfortunately, very few people are born with a perfect smile. At some point in their lives, most people will need to undergo some form of orthodontic treatment. At Senestraro Family Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family, from young children to grandma or grandpa. While childhood is the ideal time to move teeth, more adults than ever before are opting for orthodontic treatment. Here is what you need to know about braces.

All About Braces


If you are worried that you might need braces, you're in good company. Researchers figure that over 4 million people across the US have braces or are in the process of getting braces. Twenty-five percent of the people who have braces are adults. Do you think that your mouth might benefit from braces, but you still have questions? Senestraro Family Orthodontics has answers!
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Types of Braces


Depending on the problem in the mouth, there are different types of braces. Usually, braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets. These brackets usually are glued to the front of the teeth. Then wires are placed through or on top of the brackets. The wires are tightened according to the plan of the orthodontist. This is the typical type of braces, and they can be used for both children and adults.

For a more subtle looking option, we also offer a type of clear braces known as 3M Clarity. These braces use clear ceramic brackets with a self-ligating design feature provide the patient with the care they need without the obvious appearance of metal braces. These differ from clear aligners, which use nearly invisible, removable trays.

Another type of braces, which is an innovation, uses clips on the brackets instead of bands for wires. In the past, rubber bands were used instead of brackets and clips. However, some people were allergic to the rubber bands. Also, the bands broke more easily than wire bands. These band-free braces were used to solve these problems.

Protecting Your Braces


Once patients start treatment, it's very important to protect their braces. They need to be sure they are brushing and flossing regularly. They also have to avoid sticky foods. Hard, crunchy foods such as popcorn also have to be avoided. Also, people who have braces must go in to see their orthodontist to have their braces checked and tightened every other month.

Other Orthodontic Treatments


Regardless of your situation, our orthodontic treatments can give you a more beautiful smile and improve your oral health. Whether you need corrective jaw surgery, or extractions to compliment your orthodontic treatment, you are in good hands at Senestraro Family Orthodontics.

Emergency Orthodontic Care


If you experience trauma or injury to the mouth, emergency orthodontic care may be necessary. If a part of your braces becomes loose or breaks, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Be sure to call us as soon as possible so we can get you in for an appointment. If you experience severe trauma or injury, you may need to go to urgent care or seek the help of an oral surgeon.

Schedule Your Consultation


If you are concerned with aesthetics, we offer some discreet treatment options, from clear aligners to ceramic braces. Talk with Dr. Seth Senestraro during your initial consultation to learn more about your options.

Regardless of which option you choose, we are confident you will be happy with the results! Call (503) 446-5815 or use our secure appointment request form to schedule your consultation appointment.
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