Orthodontic hygiene

Successful orthodontic treatment is a partnership of effort among the orthodontic team, family dentist and patient. The orthodontist provides the expertise, the treatment plan and the appliances for teeth straightening. The clinical staff provide the instructions and encouragement. The patient must follow the orthodontic team's instructions carefully so that the teeth move in the appropriate manner. Patients who brush thoroughly, avoid hard or sticky foods, wear their elastics and/or other removable appliances as instructed, and attend regular appointments usually finish orthodontic treatment on time with satisfactory results. Thorough oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are vital during orthodontic treatment. In addition, a good nutritional diet - keeping sugars and sodas to a minimum, are essential for successful treatment. Whether the patient is a child or an adult, orthodontics is a relatively short-term investment for a lifetime of results.

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