This October, celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month by practicing your best orthodontic habits! Here at Hutta & Hutta Orthodontics, we want to help you do just that by sharing some of our favorite tips and advice so you can keep your teeth healthy and your journey going smoothly.
Keep up with your daily dental care routine.
When life gets busy, sometimes it’s easy to skip over your dental care routine. But brushing and flossing as instructed will help keep your teeth healthy and your smile journey on track! If you don’t have braces or aligners, brush at least twice a day to combat plaque buildup. If you do have braces or aligners, brush morning, night, and after you eat. Plaque buildup can harden into tartar, leading to issues like gum disease and inflammation, which will slow down your treatment. While we love seeing you in our office, we know you want to finish your treatment quickly. Keeping up with your daily dental care routine is a vital step in that process.
Make easy food swaps to keep your teeth and equipment safe.
On your journey to a healthy smile, sometimes it is necessary to avoid certain foods. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up all the treats you love! There are many easy swaps you can make to enjoy what you eat—without sacrificing your appliances. Sticky candies, tough meats, crunchy snacks, and chewing on ice are all common ways that braces and teeth can be damaged. These foods can stick to or push against brackets, causing issues that can interrupt and prolong your treatment. Try soft, melt-in-your-mouth candies, steamed veggies, softer meats, and ice cream or frozen yogurt to help out your teeth.
Wear your retainer as directed.
When you finish your orthodontic treatment, it is vital to follow the retention directions given to you by Drs. Hutta and Hutta. If you neglect these instructions, your teeth may shift, and the treatment you worked so hard to complete can regress quickly. Make sure to clean your retainer, keep it somewhere you won’t lose it, and wear it as instructed to keep your smile aligned and healthy!
Follow your orthodontist’s instructions.
The bottom line for orthodontic care is to always follow our experts’ instructions. Every patient is different, so it’s important to follow your personalized treatment plan! Drs. Hutta and Hutta are directing your teeth into place; interrupting that process by not following instructions can slow down your treatment. Whether it’s how often to wear your aligners, when to wear your retainer, how you should be flossing, or anything else, the wise words of your orthodontist will keep you on track for a beautiful, aligned smile!