Braces-friendly Resolutions That Will Keep You Smiling All Year Long

The new year is here! As you take the time to consider what resolutions you are going to make to improve yourself in 2020, why not strive to also keep your smile as healthy as possible while wearing braces? Check out these practical tips to help you do just that.

Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions

Whether your orthodontic appliances require you to wear headgear, rubber bands, or Invisalign retainers, it’s important for you to follow your orthodontist’s instructions on when and how to wear them. Doing so will ensure that you get the beautiful smile you are hoping for as quickly as possible.

Brush & Floss Diligently

Cleaning your teeth and gums twice a day is essential for good oral health, but this is especially true while you’re wearing braces or Invisalign. Food can easily get trapped behind brackets and wires, as well as between the crevices of your teeth, putting you at an increased risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, you can prevent these problems from occurring by proactively brushing and flossing twice a day and after meals.

Wear Your Mouthguard

If you are an athlete or participate in contact sports during gym class, mouthguards are an effective way to protect your orthodontic appliances and teeth from harm. We are happy to make a customizable mouthguard to ensure you get the best fit possible, while sporting your team colors as well.

Avoid Sticky, Chewy, & Hard Foods

Snacking on foods that are exceptionally sticky, chewy, or hard put the well-being of your braces and teeth at risk. Stay away from caramel, popcorn, and nuts until after your braces are removed to avoid extending your expected treatment plan unnecessarily.

By practicing these useful resolutions, your smile will surely thank you all year long. For all of your orthodontic needs in 2020, the experienced team at Taunton Orthodontics is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at our convenient Whitby, Ontario, location. We can’t wait to see you smile!

– The Taunton Orthodontics Team

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