You’ve worked really hard to achieve your ideal smile! You followed doctor’s orders, worn your Invisalign clear aligners as instructed, cared for your teeth, and now you have a megawatt smile. Congratulations on this achievement! However, to keep your smile in tip-top shape, keep these things in mind when continuing your new and improved oral care routine.
When your orthodontist determines that you have completed your Invisalign treatment, you aren’t done. Many patients will require a retainer after Invisalign treatment, and this is the time your orthodontist will determine that. They will take new impressions of your teeth, and have new retainers made. In the grand scheme, you’ve spent a small window of time in those clear aligners, and you’re over the most intense part. Everyone’s situation is unique, so follow your doctor’s guidelines and use your retainer as directed. During this time, you should still avoid hard or crunchy foods as your teeth adjust.
It’s important to know why wearing your retainers is necessary. If you’re a teen, your bones are still “soft,” and that goes for the upper and lower jaws. Retainers will prevent the natural tendency for teeth to migrate back to their original positions. If you don’t wear your retainers as directed by your orthodontist, you will see this happen within weeks of completing your Invisalign treatment. Remember, the same physiological properties that allow your teeth to move during orthodontic treatment are always at work. You don’t want to undo all that hard work!
Brushing and Flossing
As you already know, brushing and flossing must be part of your daily oral care. And by this time, you’re a pro! Flossing prevents plague from building up and becoming tartar or calculus. This can eventually cause gingivitis and gum disease, so stay on course. Your gums may be sensitive for up to two weeks after your orthodontic treatment is completed. A warm salt-water rinse will help.
Your teeth sensitivity will last only a short time. Keep in mind that they have been protected by your Invisalign aligner trays, and are now fully exposed. Ask our orthodontist about using a toothpaste specifically for tooth sensitivity during this time. Also, if your teeth are stained in any way, ask about whitening treatments to consider.
Regular Dental Checkups
With your new smile, you will be more motivated than ever to keep it healthy! You still need to see your dentist regularly. Cleanings and X-rays will ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy so you can keep that bright smile for life. When cavities happen, and they do happen, they can be taken care of quickly.
If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please give our office a call today!
Kids can be picky, and this quirk often occurs at mealtime. How many times has your child tried to feed their greens to the dog waiting anxiously under the table? If that ever-elusive “recommended daily allowance” of fruits and vegetables is a chore, our orthodontist and team understand that. Add braces to that equation, and it could become even more of a headache. But never fear! Our orthodontist has some healthy suggestions so your child won’t miss out on the most important meal of the day.
Scrambled Eggs are a perfect option because they are soft and easy to eat. We love suggesting eggs for breakfast (or anytime!) because not only are they braces-friendly, but they are also incredibly nutritious. They boost HDL (the “good” cholesterol), reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, benefit eye health and brain function, and the list goes on. So start scrambling!
The reason breakfast is the most important meal is because we want to jump-start our metabolism and get the energy flowing. So all fingers point to the stellar smoothie! It’s a great source of fruit, and no chewing means braces-friendly! Keep freezer bags of bananas, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or anything you like. You can even add spinach, which offers an extra serving of veggies. Smoothies are fun to make, and they are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants!
Crunchy cereals are pretty much out of the question when wearing braces. Biting down the wrong way can snap wires or dislodge brackets. An orthodontic emergency is NOT a good way to start the day! And considering how sugary most cereals are, this is a great time to explore healthier options in general. We suggest substituting oatmeal, and who doesn’t love a hot breakfast? Avoid the flavored kinds (packed with sugar), and add your favorite fruits, sprinkle with cinnamon, or a drizzle of honey or milk. The fiber in oatmeal will keep you fuller longer, and studies have shown it lowers cholesterol, may reduce cancer risk, and is a heart-healthy food! This diverse breakfast treat has many health benefits.
Yogurt is another excellent choice for breakfast. Many varieties contain special strains of probiotics to help regulate digestion and strengthen your immune system. Did you also know that studies have shown that yogurt may be beneficial at keeping colds at bay, and lessen symptoms for allergy sufferers? According to a study at the University of Vienna, the healthy bacteria in yogurt sends signals to immune-boosting T cells in your body to power up. How’s that for a super food? And much like oatmeal, we do suggest going for the plain yogurt, and adding delicious soft kiwi or honey to jazz it up!
Consider options like these, and wake up SMILING. For more braces-friendly recipes and tips, please give our office a call today!