How to Make the Most Out of Your Orthodontic Treatment
After you have invested time and money in quality orthodontic treatment and finally achieved the smile you have always wanted, keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful should be a huge priority. Failing to take care of your teeth after treatment can ruin the smile you worked hard to achieve. Here’s how to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene Techniques During Treatment
Brushing and flossing with braces or orthodontic appliances can be difficult, but it is essential in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment. Inadequate oral hygiene while wearing braces can lead to stains on tooth enamel or periodontal disease, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Brushing both around and behind your brackets is important. Food particles and plaque tend to build up with greater ease around orthodontic appliances, so extra care should be taken with everyday cleaning. Flossing can be especially tricky; using a flossing aid can be helpful.
Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions After Treatment
Failing to properly care for your teeth after orthodontic treatment can be just as bad as poor hygiene during treatment. Good oral care after treatment includes wearing any retainers or appliances and keeping appliances clean. Flossing can be difficult after orthodontic care, as the spacing between teeth is often changed. However, tighter spacing can be a haven for bacteria, making thorough flossing all the more important. It is important to not only maintain routine cleaning habits, but to also visit your dentist and orthodontist regularly for follow-up appointments.
To get the most out of your orthodontic treatment, call Seligman Orthodontics at (888) 785-6413. We offer orthodontic treatment methods including Invisalign and Incognito Braces. Make an appointment with our office on Park Avenue today to learn more about how we can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.