EDMONTON & SHERWOOD PARK, ALBERTA- In West Edmonton, orthodontist Dr. Amer Hussain is no Santa Claus, but he does encourage patients to stay off his naughty list.
Because an “orthodontist on the shelf” would be a little too strange, we at Pure Orthodontics have supplied a list of major no-no’s for orthodontic patients. If you abide by these guidelines, your spot on our “nice list” is secured. Your teeth will enjoy a trauma-free aligning experience, too.
- Don’t chew ice. This is a good rule for everyone, not just those in orthodontic treatment. Chewing ice can crack and chip teeth, slash gums and increase tooth sensitivity. For braces patients, ice is capable of wreaking havoc on brackets and arch wires. That’s no good, since broken braces don’t straighten teeth very well.
- Don’t skip brushing. Braces provide a perfect little spot for plaque to accumulate and hide. That’s why it’s important to brush teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush (these reach between brackets better) for two minutes after every meal. Clean, healthy teeth tend to streamline the treatment process.
- Don’t bite things that weren’t meant to be bitten. Fingers, pencils, pens, tape…if it’s not food, don’t even try it. Often habitual, chewing such items can damage wires and necessitate an emergency appointment, not to mention introduce a host of germs to the mouth. Try to refrain from this bad habit.
- Don’t eat taffy. Ever.
- Don’t eat carelessly. We understand tearing apart tough breads, slicing the corn off the cob and slowly chewing meat grows to be annoying, but a bit of discipline will help you achieve an aligned, healthy and beautiful smile sooner. Think about what you eat, and don’t hesitate to cut food into smaller, bite size pieces.
- Don’t use unwaxed floss. Unwaxed varieties easily shred on brackets, which makes for a frustrating dental hygiene routine. Purchase waxed or orthodontic floss, instead. Carefully weave under arch wires and gently wiggle between teeth.
- Don’t miss out. There are tons of great braces-friendly treats just waiting to be enjoyed this time of year. Feel free to indulge in soft, freshly baked cookies, ice cream, soft brownies and hot chocolate. A nice cold glass of eggnog may even help soothe soreness caused by your braces. Just be sure to thoroughly brush teeth afterward.
- Don’t give up. Whether it’s with braces or Invisalign, orthodontic treatment is one of the best investments you can make. Properly aligned teeth and jaw bones are healthier, improve facial aesthetics, reduce stress on the jaw joint and provide a serious confidence boost. A slightly prolonged dental hygiene routine and a short time without sticky candies will be well worth the outcome a gorgeous new smile that lasts a lifetime.
For modern and effective orthodontics in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, West Edmonton, Leduc, Spruce Grove and Fort Saskatchewan, give us a call. Pure Orthodontics is staffed with professionals who possess a great passion for improving the smiles of adult and pediatric patients. It’s our pleasure to give aligned, healthy and beautiful teeth.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from the Pure Orthodontics team!
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