Our patients often don’t realize just how much their own choices and approach during 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 during your orthodontic treatment process can have an enormous impact on how things turn out in the end.
Here are a few of the ways that you can positively affect the outcome of your treatment:
A Positive, Proactive Approach
No one is ever especially thrilled to learn they need orthodontic treatment, and the process can sometimes feel uncomfortable and frustrating. But making the decision to be positive about your treatment, and to do everything you can to make it go smoothly, is one of the most important steps you can take in ensuring a positive outcome.
Just remind yourself: the end result of this process will be a straight, beautiful, healthy smile!
Good Oral Hygiene
When you have braces, a good, thorough oral hygiene routine is more important than ever, and one of the biggest factors contributing to the outcome of your treatment that you have control over.
Braces have lots of little crevices in which food particles and plaque build up, and this can very quickly lead to tooth decay, gum disease, discolouration of teeth, and bad breath. All these things can make your orthodontic treatment process more uncomfortable, and potentially prolong it.
So take extra special care 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 that you have to wear your retainer full time, and to only take your Invisalign aligners to eat, brush and floss, it’s not because we’re trying to make you suffer! Our goal is always to make your treatment as efficient and effective as possible, so be sure to wear your appliances as prescribed, and follow all care instructions carefully.