Keep Your Smile Amazing At Kineret Othodontics!

One of the hardest things to do when getting orthodontic treatment is the maintenance. But their never seems to be enough time in the day to do all of the little steps. We want you to know, that we hear you… But we can assure you that with all of the time you take care of yourself in the beginning, you will see amazing results in the end. At Kineret Orthodontics, we want to educate you on some cool ways to maintain your soon to be awesome smile. Take a look at our video to see some of the firsts step in order to keep your smile clean and happy. 

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How to Keep Your Orthodontic Treatment on Track in 4 Simple Steps

Successful orthodontic treatment is dependent on a number of factors, like your orthodontist or how your teeth respond to braces.

However a lot of it actually depends on you! Patients who follow instructions often finish 6 months or more early.  While those who do not, commonly add an extra 6 to 12 months to their treatment time. Wow, that’s a big difference!

So, what can you do to make sure you finish your treatment on time (or maybe even early!) and get a fantastic smile? Here are 4 simple steps to keep your treatment on track for a great result. Make sure to watch the videos on this page of our website for clear and easy to follow instructions.

1. Keep Your Appointments

The better you are at keeping your appointments, the faster your treatment time will be! Postponing or cancelling appointments can significantly prolong treatment time. We also ask that you come on time to your appointments. Having enough time to perform planned procedures is essential to your smile’s progress.

2. Avoid Damage to Your Braces

Damage to your braces can really put the brakes on your progress. To prevent breaking off a bracket or bending any wires, be sure to wear a mouthguard when playing sports or a night guard if you grind your teeth. Also follow closely the advice on the Foods and Habits Checklist in your new patient folder.  Specifically avoid these foods while wearing braces: popcorn, 
nuts, ice and sticky candy, such as taffy and caramel, jerky, 
hard candy, cookies, crunchy cereals, hard pita chips and snacks.

Remember to cut up other foods that can damage braces such as raw fruits and vegetables, remove the crust from pizza and other hard breads and first slice off corn from the cob and meat off the bones like ribs and chicken.

Watch this short video to learn more about avoiding breakage. 

3. Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions and Wear your Rubber Bands Consistently

If your unique case calls for orthodontic appliances other than braces, it’s crucial to wear them as prescribed. We most often see patients neglecting to wear their elastics, or rubber bands. In general, you’ll only need to take them off when eating a meal, brushing your teeth or wearing a mouth guard and then replace them ASAP.  Failure to wear your elastics consistently can extend your treatment time by a lot, harm your roots, and limit the degree of improvement! So be sure to follow your instructions.

4. Be Diligent about Your Oral Hygiene

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums during treatment is very important! Braces can make it harder to keep your teeth clean, so you need to be extra diligent about your oral hygiene when you’re undergoing treatment.

How to Keep Your Orthodontic Treatment on Track in 4 Simple Steps

Cavities and gum disease can complicate and prolong your treatment and no one wants spotty teeth from not brushing. So if you want to get those braces off as quickly as possible and have a stellar smile, brush, floss, proxy-brush, and hydro-floss (water-pik) and don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly!

If you follow this guide, I promise you It Will All Be Worth It! Going through orthodontic treatment takes a little extra effort and focus, but it is well worth it. By following these simple steps, you can stay on track and get the smile you’ve always wanted and deserve! If you have any more questions, call us today. We’re always here for our amazing patients.

Have Anymore Questions?

We know getting orthodontic care can a lot to take in and may take some time to get use too. But once you get into a habit of brushing and flossing, we believe you will come out happier and more confident in the end. Did you have another or different question to ask? We would love to help! Head over to our contact page by clicking here or by calling us at 916-772-5832 and we would be happy to answer any questions you have about your braces.