We are so excited to welcome 2023!! We know you’re thinking about all the things you want to do this year, just like we are! If you’re an orthodontics patient, we have a few easy-peasy resolutions for you to add to the list!

1. I resolve to brush after every meal.

If you’re wearing braces or Invisalign, brushing twice a day is not enough. Braces AND Invisalign can easily trap food particles, increasing the risk of tooth decay and bad breath. Don’t let all the work you’ve done during your orthodontic treatment go to waste by neglecting basic hygiene. Brush after each meal to ensure your mouth stays healthy and super clean!

2. I will wear my appliances as directed.

The most important thing you can do to make your orthodontic treatment successful is to adhere to wearing schedules and other instructions. When we map out your treatment plan, we assume you’ll be wearing Invisalign about 22 hours per day and using your elastics as directed. Resolve to get the most out of orthodontic treatment by doing it right!!

3. I will wear my retainer according to instructions.

Don’t get lazy after active orthodontic treatment ends. Once your braces are removed or you’ve stopped wearing Invisalign, your teeth will naturally want to shift back into their original positions. Wearing your retainers as directed will prevent this from happening and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

4. I will stay away from hard, sticky, chewy foods while I’m wearing braces.

We know it can be hard to give up some of your favorites. (We personally LOVE Tootsie Rolls!!) But stay focused on the results you’re trying to achieve. Some of these foods can actually cause damage to your braces, and they are really hard to remove when they get stuck in your brackets and wires. Once you have your braces removed and see your gorgeous new smile, you’ll forget all about that popcorn you couldn’t have.

5. I will faithfully attend my orthodontic appointments.

It’s critical to attend your progress appointments so that Dr. J and Dr. D can keep an eye on your teeth and make sure they are moving as planned. Missing appointments can allow small problems to become bigger and derail your treatment. If you need to reschedule an appointment, just call us and we’ll get you in. Don’t skip!!

6. I will see my dentist twice a year.

Unfortunately, being in orthodontic treatment doesn’t get you out of going to the dentist. In fact, having your twice-a-year professional cleanings is even more important when you’re in treatment. Your dentist will also screen you for other oral problems, including cavities, gum disease and even oral cancer. Be sure to schedule appointments every six months or as often as your dentist recommends.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. Please contact us if you have questions about your current treatment plan or are ready to get started!