Orthodontics come with a set of rules, unfortunately. Anytime we place a set of appliances on the surfaces of your teeth, we have to be careful that you care for your teeth so as to prevent any damage while your orthodontics are working. Brushing your teeth after each meal and avoiding sugary, acidic, or chewy foods are all a part of having a successful orthodontic treatment. Some patients, though, choose to ignore those guidelines, and they have to suffer the consequences.
Now, we know how tempting it might be to take matters into your own hands and go on about your day. Only dorks brush their teeth at school or work, right? Only a dork would carry a toothbrush in their pocket and actually use it to brush teeth! Only a dork would take such excellent care of their teeth, right?
What Are Your Teeth Worth?
We understand the fear of losing cool points at school. We really do. However, we also know what happens to teeth that aren’t cared for properly. Your brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth. You used to only worry about the spaces between your teeth, but now you have a whole new set of nooks and crannies where bacteria will love to hang out. Bacteria causes decay. No amount of cool points are worth allowing your teeth to be damaged by decay.
Keep your teeth healthy so that when your braces come off, they will be the end of your dental woes for a long time. Not caring for your teeth well could result in a lot of extra work along the way. Contact us today to set up an appointment for us to take a look at your braces. We’ll let you know if there are ways you can improve the way you care for your braces.