The verdict is in. You need braces. It’s no surprise. You have spent many years looking in the mirror. You’ve stared at your crooked teeth long enough. It’s time to do something. Even though you take excellent care of your teeth, you need our orthodontist to help you take your smile all the way. As you prepare for your braces treatment, take some tips that will help you have a positive experience.

Be Patient

You probably already know that your teeth won’t be fixed overnight. You will be going through a process that will move your teeth. You can’t shift them with a snap of your fingers. Ask our orthodontist for an estimated length of treatment time so that you will know what to expect. As a rule of thumb, expect about two years. Afterward, you will love what you see every time you catch your reflection in the mirror.

Follow Our Orthodontist’s Instructions

Listen to our orthodontist when it comes to instructions about your braces. You are likely to be given recommendations of what you can and can’t eat. You need to pay attention. You don’t want to damage your braces and find yourself back in the office for repairs. If you have removable aligners, you’ll be provided with care instructions. You also need to make sure that you wear them the required amount of time to make them more successful.

Keep Your Teeth Clean

It is especially important that you continue to follow good oral hygiene habits while you have braces. You don’t want your teeth to be marred by cavities or stains. Consider brushing after every meal, ensuring you get rid of any debris in your mouth. Your teeth will be healthier and they will look cleaner. Remember that straight teeth are not your only goal. You want to keep them for the rest of your life.

Protect Your Teeth

If you play contact sports, you will want to find out what is available to protect your teeth. There are mouth guards that are available in the store. Your orthodontist can also create a customized mouth guard that will fit your mouth perfectly. It is up to you when it comes to choosing the right mouth guard for you.

Learn More About Braces from Our Orthodontist

At the office of Brody Bowman, DMD, our skilled orthodontist is here to help you on your journey to an amazing smile. When you come in for your initial visit, your teeth will be carefully examined. Medical imagery, such as x-rays or digital imagery, will be used to ensure that we have a comprehensive picture of your teeth. At that point, it will be possible to choose a treatment plan that will fit you. Be sure to ask about all your options. In the end, you will have a smile that will boost your confidence. Contact us at either of our offices in Fort Walton Beach or Niceville to schedule your first appointment and learn more!