Every orthodontic patient looks forward to the day when their braces finally come off. Whether your treatment took a few months or over a year, this is certainly a special moment that deserves to be celebrated. After all, you made a commitment to improving your oral health, and you saw it through.
LAST UPDATED: APRIL 25, 2017
People want braces for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest ones is for healthier teeth and gums. As such, many patients are concerned about the effects braces might have on the roots of their teeth. One of the most common questions we are asked is “Do braces make the roots of your teeth shorter?” While it is possible for roots to grow shorter, it’s not necessarily a cause for concern.
Once an Invisalign treatment is complete, patients come out with a beautiful new smile that has taken over a year to receive. But it is not over yet. In order to keep that beautiful smile, patients have to continue with an orthodontic aftercare process.
In one study, researchers found that 25 percent of participants hesitate to smile in pictures due to the appearance of their teeth. 28 percent of people in the study don’t smile when they’re featured in social media due to their smile. Lastly, over 80 percent of study participants believe that their teeth are ugly. That’s a lot of people who are unsatisfied with their smile!
As the new year dawns, it’s a time for fresh starts and new experiences. If you have been concerned about your smile, make the new year – new you time to do something about it. Improving your smile is as simple as having professional orthodontic work done in a relatively short span of time. Here are 5 reasons to consult an orthodontist about your smile in the coming year.
How to Alleviate Discomfort after Putting on Braces. Your child has just gotten braces. Your child’s excited to get the perfect smile, and you’re excited to do something good for your child. A few hours later, the downside of having wire and brackets in their mouths set in. Your child can’t eat solid foods, they have to brush after every meal (even snacks!), they’re now self-conscious of whether food gets stuck between their wires, and now they’re in pain. They’re just not having a great time.