You’re getting braces. It’s a major decision, but it will pay off in the long run when you have a beautiful set of teeth. Your smile can open doors everywhere you go. When you bring your teeth into proper alignment with the help of braces, you will love the difference it can make in your life. Before you begin your treatment, it is important to make sure you are prepared to make the most out of your orthodontic care.
Take Good Care of Your Teeth
Practicing good oral hygiene is vital to keeping your teeth healthy while under orthodontic care. This is the best way to make sure you won’t find yourself dealing with tooth decay or gum disease when your braces come off. Be sure to clean your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. If you can, try to brush after every meal. Flossing is equally important. If you find some places hard to reach with floss or a toothbrush, a fluoride rinse can help.
Watch What You Eat
Once you begin your orthodontic care, you will want to avoid certain foods that can cause damage to both your teeth and your braces. This includes foods like gum and chewy candy. Like chewy foods, hard foods should also be avoided. Beware of anything that might stain your teeth. You will want to go easy on the sweets to avoid tooth decay beneath your braces. Remember: keep everything in moderation, and clean your teeth well if you do indulge. This ensures the healthiest teeth when your braces are removed.
Protect Your Teeth
If you play contact sports, you will need to take special care of your braces. Ask our team about a mouthguard. While you can find protective guards sold in stores, we can help you select the best mouthguard for you. The last thing you need while undergoing orthodontic care is an injury to your mouth, and a mouthguard can keep this from happening.
Follow Our Orthodontist’s Instructions
If you have clear aligners, be sure to wear them the specified amount of time. If you need to put rubber bands around your teeth, make sure to follow through. Follow the instructions our orthodontist gives you in order to ensure your teeth will be in tiptop shape once your treatment is over.
Wear Your Retainer
Once you are finished with your braces, you will need to maintain the new and improved state of your teeth. To do this, we will give you a retainer to wear. Be sure to follow the instructions we give you for your retainer so your teeth can continue to stay in the proper position. For best results, you could even wear it at night for the rest of your life.
Talk to Our Orthodontist About Getting the Most Out of Your Treatment
If you want more confidence in your smile, schedule an appointment with the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD. Our talented orthodontists in Fort Walton and Niceville can provide the expert orthodontic care you need to achieve the best results with your braces. We can answer your questions and give you the information you need to maintain good dental hygiene with your braces. Let us be your guide to a set of beautifully aligned teeth. We can help you see the smile you have always wanted.