Brace Yourself for a New Smile!
There are a number of reasons why your dentist may suggest orthodontic treatment. Malocclusion is a condition in which teeth are crowded, crooked, or out of alignment. In addition, the jaws may not come together properly. Malocclusion may be present even though the teeth may appear straight.
Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to take care of and clean, which may lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. Maloccusion can also cause difficultly in speaking and chewing; cause abnormal wear on tooth surfaces; and lead to problems with bone loss, jaw joints, and gum tissue.
Successful orthodontic treatment involves an active " partnership" between the orthodontist, dentist, hygienist, and patient. Braces put steady, gentle pressure on your teeth. This is what makes your teeth move. To maintain this pressure, your braces need to be adjusted every 4 - 6 weeks.
While wearing braces, you should contine to take regular care of your teeth. Brushing 2 to 3 times daily for 3 minutes each time will help reduce plaque and remove stain. If plaque is not removed, the end result could be cavities and permanently stained teeth. You should also floss daily and visit your dentist for routine appointments.
Avoid these troublemakers:
Certain foods can easily loose or break your appliances or cause tooth decay. Stay away from the following:
Sticky or chewy foods such as chewing gum, dried fruit, jerky, caramels, taffy, chewy candy bars, and jellybeans.
Hard, crunchy foods such as poporn, nuts, corn torttilla chips, hard candy, and ice.
Sugary foods like candy, cookies, soft drinks, sports drinks and other sweets. If you can't resist these, be sure to brush afterwards.