With the arrival of the new year, it is an excellent time to begin setting new goals for yourself in order to work toward your dreams and complete any outstanding tasks. Improving your health, including dental care, is an important part of bettering yourself and your way of life. Even if you have braces on and are working to improve your teeth alignment, you must take certain precautions to avoid tooth decay. We’ve provided some helpful hints to get you started on improving your oral health and avoiding problems in the new year.
Follow your Orthodontist’s suggestions
To avoid problems or delays that can occur when trying to straighten your teeth over months or years, it is critical that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions. You should only use orthodontic equipment when your orthodontist recommends it, whether you use Invisalign or rubber bands. 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.
Brushing and flossing should become second nature
Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is critical for preventing decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing are critical for removing bacteria and reducing plaque buildup, both of which can wear away enamel. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day, or after each meal, to remove any food that has become lodged in the crevices of your teeth.
Wear a mouthguard
Wearing a mouthguard is one of the best ways to keep your teeth from being chipped or knocked out. If you have a gym class at school or participate in contact sports, you should always wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth on the field or court. 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 properly fitted. We can even include your team colors to ensure it matches your uniform and isn’t misplaced.
Avoid any tough or sticky foods
Eating chewy and sticky candy is one of the simplest ways to damage your braces and teeth. The sticky texture can pull the braces away from the teeth, lengthening the process. It is critical to avoid eating popcorn, caramel, and even nuts until the braces are removed by the orthodontist. It may be difficult at times to stick to the rules, but remember that once the braces are removed, you will be able to eat your favorite foods again. Your short-term sacrifices will be well worth it once you have a beautiful smile.
Knowing which resolutions to implement can help you feel more accomplished as you reap the benefits of your efforts. Texas Orthodontic Specialists’ experienced team is here to assist you when you require services or advice. Please contact us as soon as possible to arrange a complimentary consultation at our office. We hope to see you smiling in 2023!