Some patients love wearing braces and visiting the orthodontist, and others can be less than thrilled about them.
Between the metal wires, giving up hard and sticky foods, and devoting a little more time to brushing and flossing each day, patients – young and older – can struggle to find joy in orthodontic treatment.
While transitioning to braces can be a big adjustment, there are ways you can learn how to love your braces. This Valentine’s Day, Hoskinson Orthodontics is celebrating all the reasons why we should love orthodontic treatment.
So, whether you’re an adult patient or a patient in their tweens or teens, it’s time to celebrate your best and most beautiful smile in the making!
A Straight Smile Is a Healthy Smile
Orthodontic treatment can certainly give you a glowing Hollywood smile ‒ but not only that. Braces can make your smile healthier by aligning the jaw and improving the bite.
Simply put: Straighter teeth are easier to brush, floss, and maintain. By completing orthodontic treatment, you can better prevent tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and painful complications arising from these dental issues.
Braces can also correct underbites, overbites, or crossbites. How does your bite affect your teeth? Misaligned bites not only cause tooth decay and gum disease. They can potentially lead to tooth loss due to the strain they can put on the jaw muscles.
So, when you’re feeling upset or frustrated about your braces, remember: You are doing the best thing possible for both your smile and overall health!
Orthodontic Treatment Is Convenient & Saves Money
Your braces are not only personalized to your unique smile, promoting its very best and most beautiful qualities now and for years a lifetime. By completing orthodontic treatment, you can potentially save money on costly cosmetic and restorative dental procedures in the future.
That’s not all. Orthodontic treatment is as comfortable as ever! No longer do patients need to undergo messy impressions when beginning orthodontic treatment. With our 3D printer, we no longer have to administer gooey or gaggy mold impressions!
Show Your Smile Extra Love
Taking proper care of your teeth and braces is essential to staying on track with orthodontic treatment.
Brushing the recommended two times per day is not enough for someone with braces. Aim to brush and floss your teeth after every meal, or at least three times a day, thoroughly for a couple of minutes each time. By showing your teeth some extra attention, you can avoid delays in treatment, as well as less-than-desirable results like white spots and post-braces stains.
In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, follow the instructions of your orthodontist. Wear your elastic bands, retainers, or other oral appliances as directed. You can prevent injuries and broken brackets and wires by avoiding hard, sticky, chewy, and crunchy foods. You can also prevent cavities and tooth decay by limiting your consumption of sodas and sugary beverages.
Be Gentle with Yourself & Embrace Your Braces
Sometimes you can experience tenderness and soreness after having your braces put on or adjusted. Not to mention, it’s also common for patients to experience self-consciousness while wearing braces.
Be gentle with yourself when your braces are causing you physical and emotional discomfort. Here are some ways you can relieve soreness:
- Swish around lukewarm saltwater.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers for moderate to severe pain.
- Administer wax to reduce friction between the brackets and your gums.
- Relax and do something you enjoy to take your mind off the discomfort.
- Eat soft and yummy foods (Jell-O, frozen yogurt, pasta, etc.)
Are you feeling self-conscious? There is no reason to be embarrassed by your braces! Again, you are doing the best thing for your smile, health, confidence, and social life.
Express your personality and get creative with your colored rubber bands (as well as your mouthguard if you play contact sports.) You can also opt for subtle colors that resemble the natural color of your teeth.
And remember to smile! Smiling makes us more attractive, relieves stress, boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure, and makes us feel good all around. So, if you’re ever feeling down, watch something funny, play with your pet, call a friend, or do something that brings a smile to your face!
Let Us Help You Love Your Smile This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! The Hoskinson Orthodontics team wants to remind our patients to avoid the sticky, chewy, and sometimes gooey treats we can see this time of year.
Approach festive treats like chocolate-covered strawberries with caution, as these can be tough and large to bite. When in doubt, if the food is hard and requires you to bite into it, you should avoid it if you aren’t able to cut it into small pieces. And don’t forget to brush your teeth after indulging in the V-Day goodies!
Are you considering your options for orthodontic treatment? Learning how to love your braces begins with confidence, and if traditional metal braces aren’t for you, know you have options! We can help you explore other types of orthodontic treatment, including ceramic braces and Invisalign. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!