With the start of a new year, it’s a great time to start setting new goals for yourself in order to work toward your dreams and finish any outstanding tasks. Improving your health, including dental care, is an important step toward bettering yourself and your lifestyle. Even if you have braces and are working to align your teeth, you must take certain precautions to avoid tooth decay. We’ve included some pointers to help you get started on improving your oral health and avoiding problems in the new year.
Adhere to Your Orthodontist’s Suggestions
It is critical that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions to avoid problems or delays that can occur when trying to straighten your teeth over months or years. Whether you use Invisalign or rubber bands, you should only use orthodontic equipment when your orthodontist recommends it. If you follow their instructions and avoid wearing the braces for longer than necessary, you will make faster progress. Set reminders in your phone or on your calendar if you have trouble remembering when to wear the equipment.
Brushing and flossing should become habitual
Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day is essential for preventing decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing are essential for removing bacteria and reducing plaque buildup, which can both wear away enamel. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, or after each meal, to remove any food that has become lodged in your teeth’s crevices.
Put on a mouthguard
Wearing a mouthguard is one of the best ways to avoid having your teeth chipped or knocked out. If you have a gym class at school or participate in contact sports, you should always wear a mouthguard 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, when properly fitted, will not be a distraction. We can even incorporate your team colors to ensure that it matches your uniform and is not misplaced.
Avoid eating anything tough or sticky
One of the simplest ways to damage your braces and teeth is to eat chewy and sticky candy. The sticky texture can pull the braces away from the teeth, causing the process to take longer. It is critical to avoid eating popcorn, caramel, and even nuts until the orthodontist removes the braces. It may be difficult to follow the rules at times, but keep in mind that once the braces are removed, you will be able to eat your favorite foods again. Once you have a beautiful smile, your short-term sacrifices will be well worth it.
Knowing which resolutions to make can help you feel more accomplished as you see the fruits of your labor. When you need services or advice, Hallgren Orthodontics’ experienced team is here to help. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation at our office. We look forward to seeing you in 2023!