6 Common Braces Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Deciding to take the plunge and correct your smile by getting fitted for braces can be one of the smartest decisions you ever make. Straightening your teeth and correcting your bite via orthodontic treatment, will help you to avoid possible health issues in the future and allow you to smile with confidence. 

It’s no secret that braces are an expensive investment and, depending on how much “work” your teeth require, wearing braces will also take time. During this time, you must protect your investment by adhering to the instructions provided by our orthodontics office in Rigby, Randall Orthodontics. It’s not unheard of for patients wearing braces to “make mistakes” or not follow the instructions given to them by their orthodontist. While some mistakes are primarily superficial, others may end up costing more than you bargained for. Read on to find out what the most common braces mistakes and how you can avoid them.

If you do have an issue with your braces or would like to discuss getting fitted for braces, contact Randall Orthodontics to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Rigby orthodontists at your earliest convenience. 

Going To A Dentist For Braces

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Some dental offices will offer braces, at seemingly lower costs. For best results, it’s vital that you have all orthodontic treatments performed by a registered orthodontist. The training for a degree in orthodontics is extensive and typically takes about ten years. Four years for their bachelor’s degree, four years of dental school and then an additional two years in a postdoctoral program where their study is solely dedicated to orthodontics. This extra two years is essential for being able to understand and perform orthodontics properly on a variety of different patients and their specific orthodontic needs. If your dentist thinks you need braces, let them know that you wish to be referred to a trusted Rigby orthodontist. 

Choosing The Cheapest Treatment

While selecting the cheapest treatment can sometimes be the most beneficial orthodontic treatment for your specific needs, avoid choosing a type of treatment just because it’s the least expensive option. For example, if you need extensive orthodontic treatment, opting to go to an orthodontist who uses outdated equipment to keep the prices low will just mean that, 1) the treatment won’t work as well as another type could and, 2) you’ll have to wear your braces for even longer than you would have if you had just spent a little more money on an orthodontist who is continuously advancing the technology and the equipment their Rigby orthodontist office uses. Contact Randall Orthodontics for information on prices, payment plans and what insurance will cover. We want to help you can get all of the assistance you may need in order to pay for the right type of orthodontic treatment. 

Not Keeping Your Dentist Appointments

For the general population who are not wearing braces, it’s recommended that you see your family dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups. When you have braces, it’s recommended that you at least double this amount; seeing your dentist four times a year. 

Not keeping these appointments can cause an increased risk of cavities and gingivitis, which can lead to gum disease. You can easily make sure your teeth are healthy and strong throughout your lifetime by simply going to your scheduled dentist and orthodontist appointments. 

Not Taking Care Of Your Braces

When you first get braces and during each subsequent appointment, your orthodontist will remind you and explain to you in detail how you should be taking care of your teeth once you’ve been fitted with braces. From how and when to brush and floss as well as what foods to avoid your Rigby orthodontist will make sure you have a complete understanding of the correct way to care for your braces. Not following these instructions can lead to broken brackets, broken wires, cavities, staining, etc. The best way to take care of your investment is to follow the care advice given by your orthodontist. 

Eating Foods You Should Avoid

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Along with oral hygiene, your Rigby orthodontist will give you a list of foods that should be avoided. These foods usually involve anything crunchy, chewy or hard. These foods should be avoided because they snap wires and break brackets. Broken brackets and snapped wires mean additional and unnecessary appointments with the orthodontist that could have been avoided. Not to mention, having a wire break can be very uncomfortable and even painful. 

Not Going Soon Enough

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have a checkup with an orthodontic specialist around the age of seven. By scheduling an appointment with an orthodontic appointment for your child at this age, the orthodontist will be able to look for potential issues such as jaw growth and emerging teeth.  The most common time that we provide orthodontic treatment is for children ages 11 to 13. If you’re child or yourself is already past these ages and you haven’t seen an orthodontist that’s ok. But you owe it to yourself to meet with an orthodontist in order to have any issues fixed so that you can finally have the smile you’ve always dreamt about. 

We Can Help You Smile With Confidence

By using the latest orthodontic technology and advanced equipment, our Rigby orthodontist office is able to offer a faster, less obtrusive orthodontic treatment than braces of the past. To schedule your complimentary consultation with us to have yourself or your children fitted for braces, call us today. You can also complete a pre-registration form so you don’t have to worry about arriving early to fill out paperwork. We want to help create a beautiful, healthy smile for you with fewer visits so that you can start smiling confidently sooner, rather than later. 

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