It’s that time of year again… Prom’s are just around the corner.
If you are nearly finished your brace treatment, or you’ve just started and you want to be finished for next year…or if you have another kind of “BIG DAY” to plan for, here are 6 tips that will help.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLEAN
Clean braces are happy braces! If there is gunk around your braces, you stand the risk of causing permanent staining your teeth. And if your gums start to swell up, they will start to bleed. Not a good look.
CUT OUT THE FIZZY DRINKS
Fizzy drinks are acidic which means they can dissolve away the enamel of your teeth. And it’s a double whammy if they also contain sugar as that can cause tooth decay.
If your orthodontist sees damage starting to happen, we may have to temporarily stop your treatment until your fizzy drink habit has stopped.
It’s a good thing for parents to have a bit of background knowledge about orthodontic treatment so that the whole family can support you throughout your treatment.
KEEP YOUR BRACES IN ONE PIECE
Continual breakages really slow things down, as well as needing more trips to your orthodontist for repairs. Be sure to follow the advice given to you by your orthodontic team (stay off the toffees!).
DON’T MISS YOUR APPOINTMENTS
Failed appointments mean that your brace treatment will become less effective. It means that at some stages your teeth may not be moving at all and that your braces will be on for longer.
WEAR YOUR ELASTICS AS ADVISED
Often towards the end of treatment we ask our patients to wear elastic bands on the braces. This is usually so that we can get the teeth into as perfect a position as we can.
If the elastic are not worn as advised, your treatment can drag on! So try as hard as you can…the end is probably in sight!
And if it doesn’t work out?
We can’t always get braces off for proms. Maybe because we had to start treatment a little later for you, maybe your treatment is complex and has taken a bit longer, maybe their have been breakages or missed appointments along the way.
But if we can, we will get you there on time!
About Cleveland Orthodontics
Our specialist-led practice has been established since 1996 and provides brace treatment to people of all ages from across the North East, including Middlesbrough, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham and Redcar.
We offer NHS orthodontic treatment for children and a range of modern white and “invisible” braces for adults of all ages such as Invisalign. FREE consultations are available… you can either telephone for an appointment on 01642 243 020 or book through our website.