Orthodontic treatment guidelines

Orthodontic treatment guidelines

The decision to opt for orthodontic treatment can be a difficult one to make, especially as there may be some bans or even pain along the way.

While some people tolerate this period almost painlessly, for others the pain can be almost unbearable.

Orthodontic treatment helps, primarily from the patient’s perspective, to have a beautiful, healthy smile that gives them greater confidence.

On the other hand, from the doctor’s point of view, opting for orthodontic treatment means a perfect alignment of teeth and a healthy occlusion, which will prevent joint imbalances developing over time.

The forces received by the teeth are transmitted to the bone and the upper integrating structures.

Therefore, if the teeth receive these forces unevenly, especially developed during mastication, over time, pain may be felt in the joints or sometimes even in the entire hemisphere.

Nothing good comes without a few sacrifices, so before opting for orthodontic appliance treatment, the patient is advised to enjoy a few things that may be difficult to do or that will be forbidden during the course of wearing the appliance.

The doctor who will apply the braces will warn the patient of a few foods that should be avoided.

Once the braces are in place, eating certain foods will be forbidden, as they can damage the braces. Some habits will also have to be changed.

Once the braces are affected, the patient should visit the orthodontist more often and this may prolong the period of wearing the braces but also decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.

  • Avoiding hard foods – it is forbidden to eat vegetables or other hard foods (nuts, hard candies, bread crusts, raw carrots, apples) because they can cause the brackets to come off.

  • Flossing – it is important that the patient is hygienic before treatment starts and that they use hygiene aids such as dental floss.

After orthodontic braces are applied, flossing is not allowed, so the patient will have to get used to other methods, such as mouthwash or interdental brushes.

Once braces are applied, it won’t be long before the results are visible. That is why it is important that the patient also has a set of photographs taken before the treatment starts, to have a time frame to compare progress.

Within a few months, the patient will notice real progress and a significant improvement in their smile.

There may be some low points, when the patient will wonder if they did the right thing by choosing orthodontic treatment.

It is then good to think about the reasons why. Even though sometimes the restrictions, the length of treatment or the pain can be really annoying, the patient should think that the final result will be exceptional.

Braces mean healthy occlusion, a greater desire to smile without complexes and more self-confidence.

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