Now that the new year has arrived, it is an excellent time to begin setting new goals for yourself in order to work toward your dreams and finish any outstanding tasks. Improving your health, which includes taking care of your teeth and gums, is an important part of bettering yourself and your way of life. Even if you have braces on and are working to improve the alignment of your teeth, you must take certain precautions to avoid tooth decay. We’ve provided a few practical tips 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 you try to straighten your teeth over months or years. Whether you use Invisalign or rubber bands, you should only use the 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 a habit.
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, both of 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 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 play 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, if properly fitted, we can make a custom mouthguard for you to wear that will not be a distraction. We can even include your team colors to ensure that it matches your uniform and doesn’t get misplaced.
Avoid any foods that are hard 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 remember that once the braces are removed, you will be able to eat your favorite foods again. The short-term sacrifices you must make now will be well worth it once you have a lovely smile.
Knowing which resolutions to put into action can help you feel accomplished as you reap the benefits of your efforts. When you need services or advice, the experienced team at RJ Orthodontics is here to help. Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation at our office. In 2023, we hope to see you smiling!
– RJ Orthodontics