Most people want a beautiful smile, which is why so many invest in braces and orthodontic care. But unfortunately, not everyone has the knowledge or understanding they need to get to their ultimate goal or end result. What’s more, improper care of your appliances and poor hygiene around your braces can negatively affect your result and your experience with treatment.
That’s why we believe in educating our patients and encouraging them to be active participants in their overall treatment. To help everyone involved we’ve put together some helpful information and a handy cheat sheet to help you do more of the right things (and better avoid the wrong things) to help you get to that outcome as efficiently as possible.
Improving the look and feel of your smile is a two-way street. Orthodontics a very cooperative endeavor, which means you and your doctor should be equal partners throughout your treatment. Together, you’ll work towards a common goal, whether that’s to straighten your teeth, correct a misaligned jaw, or improve the function of your bite.
This means that in order to make your treatment a success, you’ll need to make it a priority, too. Just like knowing the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, you need to know the ins and outs of your treatment plan and the parts of your braces. This way, you’ll better be able to tell when something isn’t right (and know what to do when something goes wrong). The sooner you contact your orthodontist to fix any problems, such as detached brackets or bent wires, the more likely your treatment will progress on time.
When you wear braces, your behavior plays a big role in your overall treatment. How long it takes to complete your treatment largely depends on how willing you are to properly care for your braces. This will also help you keep your teeth looking as healthy as when you started your treatment.
You’ll be more successful in your treatment if you…
• Know the goals behind your treatment plan
• Attend all appointments at scheduled intervals
• Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist
• Practice good oral hygiene in all areas of your mouth
• Avoid foods that can damage brackets or wires
On the flip side, you’ll be less successful if you….
• Don’t understand the goals of your treatment plan
• Miss or frequently reschedule appointments
• Don’t clean thoroughly or often enough
• Misplace or forget to wear your retainer
• Don’t follow instructions
There are a lot of different factors that can help you be successful in your treatment. Want to ensure your treatment plan goes smoothly and stays on track? Check out our handy infographic on Traits of Successful Orthodontic Patients, which you can rollover and get even more need-to-know tips for practicing good patient habits.
Need to brush up on your braces knowledge? Want to make sure you’re properly caring for your appliances? Contact us today and get immediate feedback for all your orthodontics questions and concerns.