What are the common maintenance issues with braces to avoid?
The main threat to a successful orthodontic plan featuring teeth-straightening dental devices is if the dental devices break or are lost (the removable ones). For teeth to be repositioned effectively they need tools that are in a fully functioning state. Any damage or breakage will prevent the device from working as it should. It is critical that patients take great care of their orthodontic devices.
When our patients at Hello Dental receive their braces in Colchester, our dental practitioners will take the time to educate patients on the recommended ways to care for them. It is essential that these instructions are followed carefully. Should a patient not fully understand what is required, we encourage them to ask as many questions as necessary regarding their concerns.
We respect the individuality of each of our patients. One patient’s needs and challenges may differ from another’s. We pride ourselves on delivering a compassionate dental care service – one in which our patients can feel free to discuss their unique braces in Colchester needs.
We acknowledge that having to wear teeth-correcting tools may present difficulties for patients, however, their proper maintenance is a non negotiable factor. We find that it helps if our patients know what the common mistakes are that are associated with wearing orthodontic devices. We have compiled a list of the top mistakes made by patients.
● Not following the dentist’s advice to avoid certain types of foods
This particular mistake largely applies to fixed metal devices that remain attached to the teeth for the duration of treatment. Clear aligners can be removed so patients do not have to be as careful with avoiding particular foods. The design of fixed devices comprises of many elements including hooks and brackets that can be easily damaged by hard and sticky food substances. These and other types of foods such as sugary and acidic foods may also present the additional problem of exposing teeth to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria, with the end result being tooth decay.
● Failure to follow a cleaning regime
The inconvenience of the time it takes to keep braces bacteria and food free is well worth it. Neglecting to follow guidelines on when and the number of times in a day to clean braces will put the teeth-correcting plan, as well as the investment in treatment, at risk. Patients may find that using the correct cleaning tools and dental products makes the job easier.
● Regarding the wearing of retainers as unnecessary
It can be a challenge for patients to understand the need for retainers after braces, but strong research evidence has provided proof that even in adulthood, and even after braces have corrected teeth alignment, teeth can shift out of alignment again. A retainer is necessary to keep the teeth in the desired position. Depending on the individual’s case, a patient may find that they need to wear the retainer on a permanent basis.
Failure to look after braces will affect the outcome of treatment and may even prolong a treatment plan. Need to repair damaged braces? Contact us at Hello Dental without delay for an appointment to have them repaired or replaced.