Your Kalamazoo Orthodontist Shares Tips for Taking Care of Your Braces and Teeth

In order to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is as efficient (and effective) as possible, you must listen to your Kalamazoo orthodontist and properly care for your mouth while wearing braces. In this post, we will share some tips to keep your orthodontic treatment progressing in accordance with your orthodontist’s timeline.

Eat Healthy

As is the case when you’re not wearing braces, avoiding high amounts of sugar and starch can help to prevent plaque. You should also be sure to brush and floss according to your dentist and orthodontist’s recommendations. If you don’t, you could experience major tooth decay or gum disease that may need to be addressed – even including the removal of your braces which will undoubtedly change your timeline.

Avoid Certain Types of Food

You should avoid foods that can be harmful to braces. Your orthodontist will give you a list of hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that you should avoid while wearing braces. Avoiding these foods will help to prevent you from breaking brackets or loosening wires, which obviously prolong treatment times and result in additional appointments.

Follow Instructions

Follow your orthodontist’s instructions precisely. You should be sure to wear rubber bands or other orthodontic treatment equipment as is instructed by your orthodontist. This will provide the necessary subtle tooth movement and also result in more efficient treatment. You should also make sure you keep your appointments; they are scheduled as they are in order to keep your orthodontic treatment plan on the right track.

At Bandeen Orthodontics of Kalamazoo, we take the time to educate and provide materials to those who are receiving orthodontic treatment at our office. So, if you have any questions, or would like to set up an appointment, do not hesitate to contact your Kalamazoo orthodontist today!