Dental care for teens is a tough chore given their hectic schedules, irregular eating hours and the possibility of increased consumption of coffee, energy drinks and sports drinks. Be wary of the consumption of these types of beverages due to the effects they can have on your teen’s teeth. They typically have a very high sugar content.
The teen years are most often the period that braces are worn which pose new challenges in keeping teeth clean. Make sure your teen takes the time to brush and floss - they will thank you for it later!
What are FIBEROTOMIES?
A fiberotomy is a procedure performed after braces are removed on teeth that have been twisted or rotated during orthodontic treatment. Dr Schiefelbein will perform the fiberotomies based on recommendations from the patient’s orthodontist. Fibers in the gum tissure that connect to the teeth have an elastic memory which can cause the tooth to move back to it’s original (pre-ortho) position. With a local anesthetic, these fibers are severed to eliminate this memory pull back. There is almost no post-procedure recovery time for this quick procedure.