There are amazing ways to boost your self-confidence, limit wear and tear on your natural teeth. Plus, ensure the highest possible levels of social and professional marketability. This is by improving your smile. If you have large gaps. A significant under or overbite or other orthodontic issues, you may be self-conscious about how your smile looks. In this article, we’ll show you the FIVE basic principles of how to avoid failure in treatment. Let’s get cracking.
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How To Avoid Failure In Treatment
The good news is that it’s currently possible to correct the layout and alignment of your teeth at any age. Best of all, you don’t have to wear wire and metal braces to do it. There are many inconspicuous and fast-acting orthodontic appliances. Ones that can be bring you to your cosmetic goals within a nominal amount of time. You can choose from a vast range of corrective appliances. Then find the perfect, needs and lifestyle specific solution. Yet, whether you choose traditional braces or clear Invisalign trays, there are several things that you must do. This is to ensure avoiding failure in treatment.
Maintain Full Compliance With All Pre & Post-Treatment Instructions
You’ll need to follow all the instructions provided by your orthodontist and dentist to avoid failure in treatment. This compliance should start several weeks or months ahead of having alignment appliances installed. And should continue throughout the lifelong management of your new and better-aligned smile.
During treatment, this will include taking good care of your general oral hygiene. Scheduling check-ups. Avoid hard, chewy or crunchy foods. These have a negative impact on any wires or brackets’ bracing system on the teeth. If your appliances are removable, you’ll need to make sure to wear your aligners at least 22 hours per day.
Pre-treatment, smokers are often advised to enter into smoking cessation programs. Not only is smoking bad for your general well-being, but it can also wreak havoc on your oral health by:
- Negatively altering your mouth pH
- Increasing the likelihood of gum disease
- Increasing your risk of tooth decay and tooth loss
- Increasing your risk of oral cancer
- Diminishing the density of the bones that support your teeth
- Decreasing blood flow to the gums, teeth, tooth roots, and underlying bone
Quitting smoking ahead of any dental or orthodontic treatment will always greatly increase your chances of success. Post-treatment, you will likely be advised to continue wearing a retainer or other alignment appliance during certain hours of the day or night to keep your newly perfected smile aligned.
Communicate With Your Provider
Throughout your orthodontic treatment, be forthright with your orthodontist. About any oral health concerns that arise. Even something as mild-seeming as persistent bad breath. This could indicate problems with cleaning the teeth. Inadequate flossing methods. Plus and other issues that may lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and more. These are all conditions that could ultimately undermine the success of your procedure.
Brush, Floss, And Rinse After Eating
Ceramic or metal bracing systems, Invisalign, and other orthodontic appliances can trap foods. This keeps them close to the gum tissues and teeth long after snacks and meals. This makes it important for patients to thoroughly clean their mouths after eating or drinking. You should brush, floss, and rinse several times per day as needed.
You should also inspect your teeth after brushing and flossing. To make sure that no debris remains. For those wearing alignment appliances. Mouthwash and even warm water rinses can be effective for eliminating particulates. plus other debris that remains after flossing.
Plastic aligners can and should be removed when eating and drinking. Putting them back in without first cleaning the mouth creates the perfect conditions for cavities. Not to mention, plaque build-up, gum disease, and severe tooth decay.
Schedule Routine Check-Up Appointments
Routine orthodontic and dental appointments are critical to the success of your realignment treatment. These visits will give your orthodontist the opportunity to assess your progress. And to make adjustments in your corrective appliances as needed. Aligners should be updated alongside computer-projected adjustments. And when treatment requires extra pressure to force necessary movement.
Braces must be adjusted and tightened to this same end. The more involved your orthodontist is throughout the treatment process; the faster you can progress, the shorter your treatment will be. Missing appointments and failing to schedule routine dental checkups. These are the most common causes of failure in orthodontic treatment.
Work with professionals as you progress through the different phases of tooth movement. This allows your providers to identify small problems as soon as they crop up. Thus, you can mitigate these before the resulting damages have the chance to spiral out of control. With consistent attention and care, these treatments can be seamless and problem-free.
Consider This A Lifelong Journey
For some people, well-spaced and perfectly aligned teeth are a natural gift. After you use bracing systems or aligners to aid movements in the teeth, you’ll need to use retainers in an ongoing fashion. Once you have reached your aesthetic goals, your orthodontist can help you establish a solid maintenance plan.
Efforts to keep your smile straight, balanced, and aligned will prevent your natural tooth structures from migrating back to their original positions. Most post-treatment maintenance schedules are modest, entail inconspicuous use of aligners or retainers. And are easy to keep up with.
Straightening a misaligned bite and eliminating tooth gaps is a great way to boost your confidence. And make yourself more appealing in all environments. You’ll have a far more positive and proactive outlook when it comes to marketing yourself. Employers, new social connections, taking photos, you’ll be smiling wherever you are. Moreover, a healthy, balanced smile will minimize structural damages to your natural teeth. This is by ensuring that no tooth structure is taking on more pressure and stress than it should.
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.