The new year has finally arrived, which means it’s the most important time of the year to create new goals and resolutions for yourself. When it comes to focusing on self-improvement, you can also include goals you may have with your teeth and gums. Your oral health is an important part of caring for yourself and can affect other areas of the body by increasing the risk of certain diseases and conditions. If you want to have a brighter, more beautiful smile in 2021, there are a few important tips to follow.
Listen to Dr. Jenning’s Instructions
Whether you wear retainers or have been instructed by your orthodontist to wear rubber bands, it’s important to take heed the instructions of Dr. Jennings to ensure you get the results you’re looking for with your smile. For many people, it can be easy to cut corners and forget to wear their equipment throughout the week. Unfortunately, this can push back the time it takes to get your braces off. If you want to get a beautiful, rock’n smile as quickly as possible, it’s important to follow the strict instructions of the professional to ensure you get the results you’re hoping for with your teeth.
Floss and Brush Your Teeth Daily
One of the most important ways to be proactive about your oral health when you have braces is to brush and floss your teeth each day. Brush and floss at least twice each day or after you eat to ensure food is removed because it can get caught in the crevices of the braces. You’ll increase your risk of cavities and tooth decay if you don’t cleanse the teeth and remove plaque that can quickly build up. Using mouthwash can also dislodge food particles when you’re on the go and don’t have access to a toothbrush.
Many people fail to floss consistently or correctly when they have braces because of how challenging it can be, but there are specific types of flossers designed to make it easier to get in-between the teeth. You can take the floss on the go to ensure you’re always able to floss after eating a snack or meal.
Use a Mouthguard
Using a mouthguard is key to protecting your teeth when you participate in gym class or contact sports throughout the week. You won’t have to worry about getting a tooth chipped or knocked out while wearing the orthodontic appliance. If you want something with a better fit to ensure it’s more comfortable and secure, we can make you a customizable mouthguard.
Cut Out Sticky, Hard, and Chewy Foods
It’s easy to damage your braces or teeth when eating certain foods, making it necessary to cut out candy or food products that are hard or sticky. Steer clear of nuts, popcorn, and caramel, which can easily knock off one of the brackets on your teeth. The accident can delay the progress you make and require an extra trip to the orthodontist to get it fixed.
By following the right resolutions and creating new goals for your teeth for the coming year, you can feel proud to show off your smile and achieve the desired results in a shorter amount of time. Our team of experts at Jennings Orthodontics is here to help and can assist you along the way while answering your questions. Reach out to us today for a free consultation. We look forward to seeing you!
– The Jennings Orthodontics Team