Orthodontic Services in Erie, PA | Kneib Dentistry

Traditional orthodontic braces shift teeth using brackets that are adhered semi-permanently to a patient's teeth and connected by wire of varying strengths and thicknesses. This type of orthodontic treatment is suitable for patients of all ages. So whether you're the parent of a teen with a crooked smile, or you yourself are looking for adult braces to correct overcrowding, or otherwise imperfect teeth, Dr. Kneib is available to discuss family orthodontics and the options available for you in Erie, PA.

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Deciding if orthodontic braces are right for you

While the term "family orthodontics" means that age is not a factor in deciding whether or not to get braces, there are other variables to consider such as cost and extent of treatment required for a patient. That is why it is important to schedule a consultation prior to committing either to adult or teen braces. During a consultation, your doctor will examine your smile and help determine the best course of action based on your unique situation and needs. 

For more information on orthodontic braces, and in preparation for your first appointment, check out the Kneib blog! We've broken down the specs on traditional dental braces as well as popular aligner options to help you feel empowered and confident taking these first steps towards a perfect smile. When you're ready, give us a call.

Teen and Adult Braces FAQs

What foods should I avoid while wearing orthodontic braces? 

You can eat just about anything, but there are some exceptions. At Complete Family Dental Care, we feel that getting used to braces also usually means making a few adjustments in your eating habits. This is because some food might damage your braces or cause problems for your teeth. Here's a list of items to avoid (or some ways they can still be enjoyed with caution):

  • Apples (don't bite into a whole one! Cut it into wedges first.)
  • Bubble gum (some orthodontists allow sugarless gum, but check with yours for approval)
  • Candy (caramels, taffy, nut brittles, chewy candies, gummi anything!)
  • Carrots (avoid sticks, cut into thin curls)
  • Corn on the cob (remove the corn from the cob, then enjoy!)
  • Corn chips/hard tacos
  • Hard foods (they're tough on braces, causing bending and breaking)
  • Ice (no crunching!)
  • Lemon juice/lemons (pure lemon juice is very hard on your tooth enamel)
  • Nuts
  • Pizza crust/crusty breads (outer edges)
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels (the large, hard varieties)
  • Sticky foods (can bend wires and pull off brackets)
  • Sugary foods (avoid these as much as possible; if you do eat them, brush your teeth within minutes or as soon as possible, or at least rinse your mouth with water)
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