A nice smile has an impact on how people perceive you as well as how you perceive yourself. While braces seem to be almost a rite of passage for teens and even some adults, they are not necessarily required for all overcrowded teeth. You may not realize that fixing overcrowding teeth can be accomplished without braces.
While wearing braces, it can be a challenge to maintain excellent oral hygiene. The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful, healthy smile. If you don’t continue to practice great oral hygiene, you can end up with decay or gum disease. During orthodontic treatment, you will want to avoid anything that could delay treatment like having brackets pop off or having bands loosen.
Foods to Avoid
It is important to avoid certain foods while wearing braces so that treatment is not prolonged and oral hygiene stays impeccable. These foods include:
- Hard candy
- Corn on the cob
- Whole Apples
- Beef jerky
- Sticky candy
- Sugary sweets
- Soda and
- Inedible objects
The Importance of Your Smile
Many consumers have not given enough thought to the importance of their smile, and they are happy with their semi-annual trips to the dentist. Really, there is a lot more out there for them to explore. We love this quote:
“You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” ~Martin Charnin
Thinking about this quote, you can envision those people in your workplace who always smile. They seem to have more confidence and appear happy most of the time. They may be putting on that smile for public consumption and on the inside feel very differently, but you want to get a bit of their confidence. You will do it however you can, everything from eating right to getting regular exercise. Another option is to perform a partnership with your local orthodontist.
Contrary to Popular Belief: It is Perfectly Safe
When people are told that they are going to need to have multiple teeth removed, one of the most common concerns is how this will affect the appearance of their face. It is possible that the look of your face could change slightly after having an orthodontic treatment performed to remove permanent teeth. However, the reality is that in the vast majority of cases, no changes will occur that can be perceived by the naked eye.
What will the orthodontist recommend?
When an orthodontist makes the recommendation to remove teeth, he or she does not do so lightly. The need to remove teeth is usually caused by a lack of room. An orthodontist will examine x-rays, pictures and models to determine if extraction is indeed necessary. Saving the teeth is always the preferable option, but this is not always possible.