About Our Treatment
Rallis and Bonilla Orthodontics offers an expansive selection of treatment options for patients of all ages. Because everyone’s smile is different, we take the time to carefully outline each step of your orthodontic treatment plan, from the first appointment to the final celebration.
Orthodontics is more than just cosmetic changes in your smile and bite. The way your teeth fit together is important in your daily life. It affects the way you eat, speak, and even sleep. We believe in the power of an anatomically safe and sound smile and how it can transform not only your confidence, but also your way of life.
The Association of Orthodontists recommends all children have an initial evaluation with an orthodontist at the age of 7. Certain issues, like crossbites, severe crowding, and open bites, can be addressed and corrected at a young age. This intervention can greatly improve the likelihood of achieving a naturally beautiful smile with minimal treatment in the future.
Adolescence is the most practical time for treating orthodontic problems, both scientifically and socially. When the patient is in the prime age range of 11 to 14, they’re old enough to have lost their deciduous (baby) teeth, but young enough to still have easily correctable face and jaw bones. Plus, at this age, chances are they won’t have to go through the orthodontic process alone!
With today’s impressive selection of treatment options, it’s never too late to build a smile you love. Even if you never received orthodontic care as an adolescent, chances are we’ll still be able to correct most crowding and bite problems. And, if you’re worried about how you’ll look during treatment, we’re experts at providing discreet solutions that don’t scream “braces”.
Instead of brackets, wires and elastics, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that mold to your unique dental anatomy. You wear each set of aligners for about a week, and as you progress through the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they’ve straightened completely. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat, drink, brush, and floss like you normally do. Plus, you’ll only visit the office once every 6 to 12 weeks to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. It’s discreet, time-saving and requires minimal lifestyle changes and office visits. Book an appointment to see if Invisalign is right for you today!
Uncomfortable and bulky braces are a thing of the past. Brackets are smaller and self ligating, making them more comfortable and easier to keep clean. By using computer accuracy to bend the wires, SureSmile® patients are able to receive more precision in their dental movements, reducing the amount of wire changes and adjustments. In addition, because the archwires are more precisely fitted to your teeth, your braces are more comfortable.
Early treatment allows you to correct more serious orthodontic issues caused by jaw malalignment and skeletal development before they become less manageable. Typical early treatment can include appliances such as palatal expanders or even partial braces. Preventative care at a young age can greatly lesson treatment time and intensity in adolescence.
Before and After
What can I and can’t I eat with braces?
Let’s start with the good news—you can still enjoy many of your favorite foods with braces. Foods like dairy, bread, pasta, fruits, veggies and most meats and seafood will be easy on your teeth. As for treats, cake, soft cookies, ice cream, chocolates and Jell-O are all fair game — just make sure you brush your teeth afterward!
Sadly, you’ll have to make some sacrifices. Avoid chewy foods like bagels and gum, crunchy foods like popcorn, nuts and ice, sticky candies like licorice and caramel, and, finally, avoid anything you have to bite into, like apples and corn on the cob. Your smile will thank you later.
Do braces hurt?
Braces aren’t the most comfortable thing in the world, but Rallis and Bonilla will do everything they can to ensure your experience is as painless as possible. You may feel soreness in two ways: from pressure and from irritation. When you first get your braces and for a day or so after each adjustment, you may be achy from the tightness that’s forcing your teeth to move.
Your braces may also cause mild discomfort by scraping against your cheeks and lips, but the wax we provide you can help. Salt water rinses and over-the-counter pain relievers will also help. The discomfort is generally short lived. It’s nothing our patients can’t handle and is well worth the smile!
How often do I have to visit the office?
Depending on your treatment type and individual needs, you can expect to visit the office every six to eight weeks for adjustments.
Can I still play sports?
Yes. Braces won’t stop you from playing your favorite sports! Let us know, and we’ll give you a special mouthguard to protect your teeth.
Why do some of my teeth seem wiggly with braces?
There’s a lot going on in your mouth right now. As your teeth move, your ligaments temporarily loosen, which explains why you may feel that wiggle. This is only temporary, as your teeth will be held firmly in place by your retainer once the braces come off.
My wire or bracket is loose or broken. Now what?
The wires and brackets on braces come loose fairly often; most patients will experience this at least once during their treatment. If something is loose or broken, contact us first so we can schedule an appointment for you. If a bracket comes off, try to save it for us! Depending on how soon we can see you, you might want to try a temporary fix. Loose wires can be pushed into place with the eraser end of a pencil or tweezers if needed. Wax can hold a loose bracket in place to prevent irritation.
How long will I need braces?
It all depends on you and your unique orthodontic needs, but most people are in treatment for one to two years. Rallis and Bonilla patients average around 18 to 22 months.
What do I do about a pokey wire?
If you have a wire that has come loose and is poking you, use a spoon to work it back into place. If it is still poking, clip the wire so that it no longer pokes but is still inside all brackets. For a loose bracket, secure it with the temporary fix of dental wax to keep it from annoying you too much, then call us to schedule an appointment so we can get it bonded back into place.
What do I do in an after-hours emergency?
It is rare for a genuine orthodontic emergency to occur. What is much more common are simple orthodontic discomforts and mishaps mentioned above. In most cases, we can see you the next business day. Our phone number is available after-hours with more information on how to get ahold of us to make sure you’re in good hands if immediate remedies are needed.
Life After Treatment
Will getting my braces off hurt?
You may feel some pressure as the brackets are removed, but it won’t be painful. The process is actually quite simple. We love seeing the final transformation and the excitement that follows!
How long and often will I need to wear my retainer?
It’s recommended that you wear your retainer full-time, except when eating or brushing your teeth, for the first month, then at night for the rest of your life (or as long as you want to keep your teeth straight).
How do I care for my retainer?
Store it in its proper case when it’s not being used and wash it at least once per day. All you need is a toothbrush and water to clean your retainer—anything harsher may damage it. To make cleaning easier, always remember to take your retainer out before you eat.
North Star Office
|3256 Salt Creek Cir, Lincoln, NE 68504, USA||3256 Salt Creek Circle|
Lincoln, NE 68504
Phone: (402) 512-5482
Fax: (402) 742-3100
|8328 Dawson Creek Bay, Lincoln, NE 68505, USA||8328 Dawson Creek Bay|
Lincoln, NE 68505
Phone: (402) 512-5482
Fax: (402) 742-3100
3256 Salt Creek Circle
Lincoln, NE 68504
8328 Dawson Creek Bay
Lincoln, NE 68505
Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm