Happy New Year, everyone! At Luv Braces, we love fresh starts, and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to build new habits for your health and well-being. Let’s look at 4 New Year’s resolutions for a healthy smile.
Welcome new oral hygiene habits.
First and foremost, Luv Braces wants to remind you that oral health is essential to your overall health. Your teeth are not only crucial for chewing but they are also associated with your facial structure and appearance. Therefore, being proactive about your orthodontic care can help preserve the shape of your teeth and bring out the best in your smile.
Luv Braces’ Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour are certified experts who can help you create a plan for your oral health that considers any special needs or conditions you may have. Some of the best oral hygiene practices for a healthy smile are:
Brushing twice a day
Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour recommend brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Flossing every night
Flossing every night before bed will help remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach.
Waterpiks and Floss Threaders
As an orthodontic patient, you must take extra special care of your oral health to ensure that your appliances remain tip-top. Additional tools such as Waterpik and floss threaders can help remove food particles from crevices between teeth and brackets.
Using antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash help protect your teeth from bacteria and plaque buildup.
Visit your dentist and orthodontist regularly.
Visiting your dentist and Luv Braces for regular check-ups is another vital part of oral health. During your check-up, Luv Braces will examine your teeth, gums, and orthodontic appliances to ensure they are all in good condition. Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour can also provide you with the necessary adjustments to ensure your treatment is progressing on schedule. Make sure to also keep up with your scheduled cleanings every six months to remove heavy plaque buildup and to ensure that minor issues stay manageable.
Eat a balanced diet.
At Luv Braces, we love to indulge during the holiday season, but getting back to a well-balanced diet is essential for a healthy smile. Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep your teeth clean and strong. In addition, Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour recommend avoiding sugary snacks, carbonated drinks, and sticky foods that can increase your risk of cavities or damage your orthodontic appliances.
Follow Dr. Tahbaz & Dr. Rezapour’s guidelines.
To ensure that your orthodontic appliances remain in good condition and to maximize the results of your treatment, Luv Braces recommends following your doctor’s guidelines closely. This includes avoiding activities such as chewing gum or eating hard foods that can damage orthodontic wires or brackets.
Take care of your aligners!
If you wear aligners, follow your orthodontist’s instructions for care and use. This usually involves wearing them for 22 hours daily, cleaning them from residual debris, and soaking them in a special antimicrobial solution. Dr. Tahbaz or Dr. Rezapour will tell you everything you need to know about taking care of your aligners during your consultation!
Ready to fall in Luv with your smile in 2023?
Dr. Tahbaz and Dr. Rezapour love meeting new patients ready to make positive changes to their oral health. If you have any questions about how to embark on treatment in 2023, contact our Austin office. We offer complimentary consultations to give you an idea of what orthodontics could do for you.