Now that the new year has arrived, it is the ideal time to start setting new goals for yourself in order to work towards your dreams and complete any outstanding tasks. Improving your health, which includes caring for your teeth and gums, is a part of bettering yourself and your lifestyle. When you have braces on and are working to improve the alignment of your teeth, you must still take certain precautions to reduce the risk of tooth decay. We’ve provided a few practical tips to ensure you know where to begin when it comes to improving your oral health and avoiding problems in the new year.
Follow Your Orthodontist’s Suggestions
It’s critical to follow your orthodontist’s instructions to avoid problems or delays that can occur when you try to straighten your teeth over a period of months or years. Whether you use Invisalign or rubber bands, you should only use the equipment when your orthodontist says it will be most effective. You will make faster progress if you follow their instructions and avoid wearing the braces for longer than necessary. If you have trouble remembering when to wear the equipment, set reminders in your phone or on your calendar.
Make Brushing and Flossing a Habit
Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is critical for preventing decay and reducing the risk of gum disease. Brushing and flossing are required to remove bacteria and reduce plaque buildup, which can wear down the enamel. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, or after each meal, to remove any food that has become stuck in the crevices of your teeth.
Wear a mouthguard.
Wearing a mouthguard is one of the best ways to protect your teeth from being chipped or knocked out. If you have a gym class at school or participate in contact sports, you should wear a mouthguard at all times on the field or court to protect your teeth. Although standard mouthguards can be uncomfortable and bulky in the mouth, we can make a custom mouthguard for you to wear that will not be a distraction if it is properly fitted. We can even include your team colors to ensure it matches your uniform and isn’t easily misplaced.
Avoid any hard or sticky foods.
Eating chewy and sticky candy and teeth is one of the simplest ways to damage your braces and teeth. The sticky texture can pull the braces away from the teeth, extending the time it takes to align your teeth. It is critical to avoid eating popcorn, caramel, and even nuts until the braces are removed by the orthodontist. It may be difficult to stick to the rules at times, but remember that you will be able to eat your favorite foods once the braces are removed. The short-term sacrifices you must make now will be worth it in the long run once you have a beautiful smile.
Knowing which resolutions to implement can help you feel accomplished as you reap the benefits of your accomplishments. Ferris Orthodontics’ experienced team is available to provide services and advice when you require it. Please contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule a free consultation at our location. We hope to see you smile in 2023!
– Ferris Orthodontics Staff