If you have decided now is the time to invest in braces or Invisalign in Surrey, you are probably excited and nervous. If that time is quickly approaching, you may be wondering how you can best prepare for the coming treatment. Here are some tips on how to best prepare for braces or Invisalign treatment.
Know your Treatment Schedule
Getting braces or Invisalign is a time commitment, as treatment does not happen overnight. Before beginning treatment, go over a treatment plan with your orthodontist. This should include a rough timeline of how long treatment is expected to last (of course this can change as every mouth reacts differently). If going with Invisalign, make sure you understand how long to wear each aligner, when to remove them, and how often you should expect a new one. With braces, you will need to make sure that you are regularly visiting the orthodontist for adjustments, so make sure you understand this schedule.
Know how to Keep up Proper Hygiene
Having braces or even Invisalign can prove a challenge to maintain proper oral hygiene during treatment. With braces, it can become more difficult to brush effectively, as the brackets get in the way. Flossing is also much more difficult, as the wires block your floss. Your orthodontist should be able to show you how to effectively floss and brush while you have braces.
With Invisalign, you are able to remove the tray and keeping up regular oral hygiene is much easier. However, you will want to make sure you are properly cleaning your aligners, as this can help to keep your teeth healthy and clean as well.
Food and Drink
Continuing with the theme of oral hygiene, before getting braces you should understand that there may be a need to prepare yourself for slight adjustments in diet during treatment. You should avoid sugary food and drink during treatment, as these increase the likelihood of tooth decay. Also, avoid hard or sticky foods, as these could actually damage your braces. With Invisalign you should remove your aligner during eating times, so you should not have to prepare for diet alterations. however, just make sure you brush your teeth before putting the aligner back in.
These simple tips can better help prepare you for getting braces or Invisalign treatment. Whether you are looking for clear braces in Surrey for a child, or perhaps braces for adults, Pacific West Dental can provide all your orthodontic needs. Contact us today.
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