Your Questions About Orthodontics
The clear benefit of orthodontic treatment is straight teeth which will be much less susceptible to cavities and injury - and possibly just as important is definitely the greatly enhanced improvement to self-confidence that a beautiful and healthy smile provide. Invisalign braces, Lingual/hidden braces, short-term and accelerated braces as well as other options will allow you to achieve that boost in confidence. Adults now make up over 25% of all orthodontic patients nationwide. Orthodontic treatment for adults can definitely be successful at any age given that the biological process of tooth movement in adults is identical to the process that occurs in orthodontics for children. As you continue your research about orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to get all the facts you can. We have listed more for you below.
- Use a fluoride containing toothpaste. A fluoride rinse can also be obtained from your orthodontist or family dentist to help you protect against cavities!
- Avoid foods that are excessively hard and or chewy and/or sticky and those foods that contain sugar. These foods increase the formation of bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth in the form of plaque…which is the primary cause of cavities, puffy gums and periodontal disease in extreme cases.
- Avoid chewing gum, sugarless or not. Skittles, gummy candy, hard foods like chips, hard bread, hard candies, taffy, ice cubes or nuts. Use common sense.
- Continue to see your family dentist every six months for a checkup and cleanings.