Orthodontic treatment is a great investment to make no matter what age you are. It can help with multiple oral issues, help maintain the longevity of your teeth and oral health while providing you with a perfect set of straight teeth. However, you can simply rely on the braces to do all the work for you. You need to ensure you keep them clean and in great shape. We have completed the research for you compiled a list of ways you can make the most of your orthodontic treatment. Keep reading to find out more.
Get them fixed ASAP
Many people often ask themselves: how do braces work? Teeth braces usually work by aligning the teeth and keeping them held together by one wire. At times, braces can break but this isn’t usually a testament to the quality of them. They can break due to loads of different reasons, but the main cause is food. When we eat problem foods, they can cause our brace wires to loosen and even cause the brace brackets to entirely break off our teeth. Therefore, we recommend avoiding foods that cause issues such as sticky and hard foods. This is usually dependent on the person, so work out what does not work for you sooner rather than later and stick to the rules you set yourself.
How much braces cost in the UK usually depends on your treatment provider. They can be affordable, but they can be expensive too. With this, you need to maintain the longevity of them and get them fixed as soon as possible. If you delay the length of time to get them fixed after they break, this can disrupt your treatment plan and even prolong the length of time you have to have the treatment. No one wants this, so get them fixed at your treatment provider as soon as possible!
Follow a cohesive hygiene routine
When it comes to making the most of your orthodontic treatment, you should consider developing and following a cohesive hygiene routine. This will not only protect your braces, aligners or retainers from becoming damaged, but it will also help maintain the health of your teeth and comes. The sad reality of having orthodontic treatment is that you can suffer from a lot of bacteria and plaque build-up in the mouth. We are all taught from a very young age that these things can lead to tooth decay, enamel erosion and cavities. Therefore, keeping your teeth clean and healthy with a routine will help you reap the benefits of your treatment plan.
You should develop a hygiene routine for both mornings and evenings and stick to it for the entire length of your treatment. One thing we definitely recommend purchasing is an electric toothbrush. Manual toothbrushes sadly can’t reach the important points of our mouths when we have a brace, so it is important to opt for other things to help us along with our oral hygiene. An electric toothbrush can reach these sweet spots and rid our mouths of the build-up. As well as this, you should continue flossing (or using an interdental stick for ease) and using mouthwash after each meal and in the morning and evening times. This will get rid of trapped food and keep your teeth strong and healthy. Don’t forget to brush your gums!
Follow up with your provider’s advice
After we receive dental treatment, we normally get given a series of directions or advice to follow up with to make the most of our treatment. For example, a lot of the time after people get braces, they are directed to wear a retainer for the foreseeable future. This maintains their set of straightened teeth and prolongs the length of time they remain straight. More often than not, people do this with ease and stick to the recommended schedule. However, others forget to wear their retainer or lose it and their teeth begin returning to their previous shape. When investing in such a costly treatment, you should truly make it your aim to follow up with your dental professional’s advice. This will allow you to make the most of your treatment and maintain your straight teeth for longer. If you don’t, you could potentially be wasting your money!
Overall, you should aim to make the most of your orthodontic treatment if you want to get your money’s worth. What is the point in making such a huge investment if you’re not willing to stick to the rules and follow up with your provider? Maintaining the quality of your treatment plan also requires help from you as well as your dental professional.
Ultimately, follow an in-depth hygiene routine every single day, get them fixed if they break, avoid problem foods and follow your provider’s recommended advice.