You’ve just started orthodontic treatment, and all you can think about is a straight, happy smile at the end of it. The end result of your treatment is our main focus, too! At Specialists in Orthodontics, we’re here to help you every step of the way to ensure the best results by the end of your treatment. Here are a few braces tips to follow for achieving the smile of your dreams!
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The first step in achieving a happy, healthy smile is optimal oral health. Brushing your teeth twice a day from chewing surface to the gum line, plus flossing daily and regular visits to the dentist will help you accomplish your goal of a beautiful end result.
It is important to brush above and below your brackets and fixed appliances to avoid staining around your braces. To ensure you’re effectively getting in between all of your teeth, your orthodontist will supply you with a floss threader. A floss threader helps you weave the floss through your teeth and archwires to get hard-to-reach food particles.
Eat Braces-Friendly Food and Drinks
During your braces treatment, there are a few foods to avoid to keep from damaging your braces. Hard, crunchy foods, like nuts or ice cubes, can break off brackets and fixed appliances or bend archwires. Chewy, sticky foods, like caramel or chewing gum, can pull bands and fix appliances’ lose.
Causing damage to your braces can lead to an extension in your treatment plan, resulting in needing braces for a longer amount of time. To accomplish optimal tooth movement, follow the instructions given by your orthodontist regarding smile-friendly foods.
Stay on Top of Your Orthodontic Appointments
Staying on top of your orthodontic appointments is essential to getting the best result from your orthodontic treatment, without prolonging it. Your orthodontist will prescribe the appropriate frequency for your appointments based on your type of braces and individual needs.
At each of these appointments, your orthodontist will tighten and adjust your braces, moving the teeth into place. At Specialists in Orthodontics, our team will work with your schedule and understand when the need arises to reschedule. Whether you have ceramic braces, Invisalign clear aligners, or traditional braces, your orthodontist will work with you on the best treatment schedule to straighten your teeth.
Call Your Orthodontist to Ask Questions
Our dental team is here to answer any question you may have about orthodontic treatment and how to get the best results for your smile. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our expert orthodontists and we’ll help start your journey toward the smile of your dreams!