Are you almost done with your treatment? We’re sure you’re excited to see your brand new smile without your braces! However, before you get all excited, know that your teeth could still go back to how they used to look. This is why your orthodontist in Ft. Lauderdale will never get tired of reminding you to take good care of your teeth and gums during and after treatment.
Caring for your smile is a life-long commitment. If you neglect your responsibilities, you’re only putting the time, money, and effort you’ve invested in waste. How can you keep a beautiful smile after braces? Let’s find out.
Your braces are off and you can now eat whatever you want–congratulations! However, your orthodontist will still remind you to cut back on sweet and starchy foods or hard and chewy foods as these can destroy your enamel. Furthermore, these can predispose you to enamel chips, fractures, and breakage.
When your braces are off, you should also be mindful of what you eat to protect your teeth against erosion, cavities, and chips, so you don’t have to pay for cosmetic dental work.
When you’re finally free from wearing braces, you have one more important task to do, and that is to wear your retainers to maintain your straight smile. If you don’t wear your retainers, you’ll soon find yourself calling your orthodontist because your teeth shifted back to their original positions. To keep your teeth aligned, you should wear your retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist.
Aside from being mindful of what you eat and wearing your retainers, you may also have your teeth professionally whitened to enhance your smile. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we are committed to improving your oral health by providing you with superior quality dental care. Call us today for an appointment or visit our website to learn more about our services.