YOUR PART IN A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
As your preferred Colorado Springs Orthodontist, we are moving toward our goal of creating a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Though we will do our part by straightening teeth, the success of the end result depends upon how well you work with us. We’ll be encouraging you to do your part in the following areas of oral hygiene::
BRUSHING AND FLOSSING
It is very important that you keep your appliances, as well as your teeth and gums clean. Brush and floss at least twice a day and make it a habit to check your appliances in the mirror. To help prevent plaque buildup, please follow the brushing guidelines that are given to you at the initial banding appointment.
Keeping your regularly scheduled orthodontist appointments can make the difference between finishing your treatment on time, and not finishing at all. Late arrivals or rescheduled visits may not allow us to complete the necessary procedures. This could result in a delay of your treatment and possible extension of the total treatment time.
FOODS TO AVOID
Be sure to carefully read our orthodontist recommended eating guidelines. Even though a careful patient may be able to eat a variety of foods without causing damage to their braces, certain types of foods can create more problems than others. Most importantly, avoid foods that are hard or sticky because they can bend and break wires or knock the braces off.
REGULAR DENTAL VISITS
Although Dr. Andrews will monitor your appliances every 4-6 weeks, it is still important that you see your family dentist at least twice a year. Even with braces, your dentist will be able to clean your teeth and check for possible cavities. If you do not have a dentist, we will be happy to give you the names of several in the Colorado Springs area.