Our patients aren't always aware of how much their approach and choices during their orthodontic treatment can have an impact on the final outcome, and on how long it takes and their level of comfort during the process.
The choices you make while undergoing orthodontic treatment can have a significant impact on how things turn out in the end.
The following are some things you can do that can have a positive impact on the outcome of your treatment:
Taking a Positive, Proactive Approach
The braces process can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable and frustrating, and most people aren't too happy to learn they need braces. However, making the decision to take a positive approach to your treatment, and to do everything in your power to make it go smoothly, will do you a lot of good in the long run when it comes to achieving a positive outcome.
Always keep this in mind: the end result of this process will be the straight, beautiful, healthy smile you've always wanted!
Good Oral Hygiene
A thorough oral hygiene routine is more important than ever with braces. It's also one factor contributing to the outcome of your treatment that you have total control over.
Braces have lots of little crevices in which food particles and plaque can collect, and this can very quickly lead to discolouration of teeth, gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. All these factors can make your orthodontic treatment process more uncomfortable, and can potentially prolong it as well.
This means you should be extra careful and thorough when cleaning your teeth, do it consistently, and take your time!
Attending Regular Appointments
Always attend your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist and orthodontist. This includes adjustment appointments, of course, and also regular check ups and cleanings!
If you have to reschedule an appointment, try to do so immediately 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 to only take your Invisalign aligners out when you eat, brush and floss, or when we tell you to wear your retainer full time, it’s not because we’re trying to make you suffer! It's always our intention to make your treatment as efficient and effective as possible. If you don't wear your appliances as prescribed, or don't follow all care instructions carefully, your progress will only be slower in the end.