Preparing for Orthodontic Treatment
If you and your dentist decide that orthodontic intervention is right for you, it’s important that you prepare before any treatment can be done. Like any medical procedure, there are a few steps to take beforehand to make sure that the treatment is done under the best possible conditions and that you know exactly what you are getting into.
Do Your Research.
Your dentist and your orthodontist are fonts of knowledge. Make sure to have a thorough consultation with your orthodontist and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Before you go in for your consultation, figure out what your goals are. Do you just want a beautiful smile? Do you want to correct your overbite? Think about what you may want the treatment to address. After all, this process is going to be completely personalized for you. Then you can sit down with your orthodontist and create a gameplan.
Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene.
Orthodontic treatment is only effective if the mouth in question is free from excessive plaque and bacteria. Plaque and bacteria can weaken teeth and gums, making orthodontic treatment ineffective or even damaging. On top of this, getting into the habit of practicing excellent oral care means that you will be well prepared for taking care of any appliances that may need to be installed in your mouth during treatment, such as braces or aligners.
Know That Extractions May Be Necessary.
That being said, sometimes there is a tooth that is beyond repair, or just too many teeth in too small of an area. In these cases, an extraction may be necessary before treatment can begin. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about. Extraction is a way to ensure that your mouth is healthy and has adequate space for whatever you and your orthodontist have decided. This can be a crucial step to having an effective orthodontic experience.
Following these tips will help your treatment be as smooth and efficient as possible. Here at West Vancouver Orthodontist, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have about preparing for your orthodontic treatment. It is our job to make sure that you are informed every step of the way!
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