When it comes to dental hygiene, there are several factors involved in treatment times, this includes age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor to a successful treatment is you, the patient! The more involved and diligent you are, the quicker and more efficient your treatment will be.
For children, receiving interceptive, or early treatment, can also help provide a quicker treatment time later on in life. Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take.
Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.
Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
1.) Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
2.) Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces.
3.) Brush your tongue; this removes extra plaque and keeps your breath fresh!
4.) Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
5.) You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.