Our patients don’t always realize how much their choices and approach during their orthodontic treatment can have an impact on not only the final outcome, but on how long it takes and their level of comfort during the process.
The fact is, the choices you make while undergoing orthodontic treatment can have a huge impact on how things turn out in the end.
Here are a few things you can do that can positively affect the outcome of your treatment:
Taking a Positive, Proactive Approach
Most people aren't especially thrilled to learn they need braces, and the process can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable and frustrating. But if you make the decision to take a positive approach to your treatment, and to do everything in your power to make it go smoothly, you'll be doing yourself a lot of good in the long run when it comes to achieving a positive outcome.
Just keep reminding yourself: the end result of this process will be the straight, beautiful, healthy smile you've always wanted!
Good Oral Hygiene
A good, thorough oral hygiene routine is more important than ever with braces, and its a very important factor contributing to the outcome of your treatment that you have complete control over.
That nature of braces is that they have lots of little crevices in which food particles and plaque can collect, and this can very quickly lead to gum disease, tooth decay, discolouration of teeth, and bad breath. All these factors can make your orthodontic treatment process more uncomfortable, and can potentially prolong it as well.
So be extra careful and thorough when cleaning your teeth, do it regularly, and take your time!
Attending Regular Appointments
Be sure to always attend your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist and orthodontist. This include adjustment appointments, of course, since without those, your braces will soon stop doing their job. But it also includes regular check ups and cleanings, too!
If you have to reschedule an appointment, try to do so right away or as soon as possible; if you put it off, you’ll just wind up prolonging your treatment process.
Wearing & Caring for Your Orthodontic Appliances as Prescribed
When we tell you to only take out your Invisalign aligners to eat, brush and floss or to wear your retainer full time, it’s not because we’re trying to make you suffer! It's always our goal to make your treatment as efficient and effective as possible. Not wearing your appliances as prescribed, or not following all care instructions carefully, will only slow down your progress in the end.