Posted on February 9, 2024
Starting orthodontic treatment can feel overwhelming, but these three key tips will help guide you to getting the smile you’ve always wanted. With some planning, patience, and persistence, your journey with braces or aligners will be as smooth and effective as possible.
One of the most vital things you can do during orthodontic treatment is to strictly stick to an oral hygiene routine. With brackets, wires, and other appliances in your mouth, you’ll need to take extra care to brush and floss thoroughly after each meal. Be sure to use special tools like floss threaders and interdental brushes to fully clean between teeth and around brackets. This prevents plaque buildup leading to things like cavities, gum disease, and stained teeth (all things you want to avoid). According to WebMD, once a day, you should clean your retainer. See your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning as well to remove anything you can’t reach.
The success of your orthodontic treatment relies heavily on how well you follow instructions from your orthodontist. Be sure to wear aligners or rubber bands as directed and avoid eating foods that could damage braces. Show up to all scheduled wire tightening appointments, too. Skipping steps or appointments can prolong treatment time and prevent you from getting your desired results. So carefully follow all guidance from your orthodontist and ask clarifying questions if you’re unsure about anything.
It’s normal to have some discomfort like soreness or irritation early on in orthodontic treatment. But don’t get impatient or frustrated! Any discomfort is temporary. Over-the-counter pain medication can ease any initial soreness as you adjust to braces or aligners. Stay positive through any discomfort by focusing on the improved smile waiting for you at the end. Remind yourself regularly that a few months of adjustment is worth it for a lifetime with straight, properly aligned teeth. Monitoring your discomfort levels and communicating with your orthodontist will ensure treatment stays on a comfortable track too.
With diligence, patience, and good communication, your orthodontic treatment journey will conclude with you feeling confident, showing off your new smile for years to come. If you’re ready to learn more about the right orthodontic treatments for your needs, call us at Jacaranda Smiles to schedule a consultation today.
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