New Smile Habits for the New Year

The New Year is a great time to start things fresh. To resolve new lifestyle changes that improve areas of our lives where we may have fallen slack. Some stick, some don’t. The following are a five easy lifestyle hacks that we think should consider to help you on your way to a healthier and more beautiful Forever Smile!

1. Eat more fruits & veggies

Did you know strawberries, oranges and pineapple are great for whitening teeth? And they are delicious, healthy and braces safe too! What’s not? Surgary foods, tea and sodas. These foods stain and can damage tooth enamel, so enjoy them sparingly in the New Year for a healthier brighter smile and always brush up right after.

2. Brush & floss

If you have not been a big brusher in the past, resolve to be better! Not only will your friends appreciate it, so will Dr. Razdolsky! Orthodontic appliances are a good place for bacteria to hide which can result in plaque build-up which can cause stains and other dental issues. Good oral hygiene helps is important in protecting your teeth, gums and ensuring the overall success of your orthodontic treatment.

3. Stick to the plan

Maintain your orthodontic adjustments on schedule. Treatments are spaced in six—to eight-week appointments in order to have the greatest impact on tooth re-alignment. So for us to stick to the plan and reach the goal of your most beautiful Forever Smile on time, keep your scheduled appointments.

4. Wear your elastic bands as prescribed

You have invested a lot of time into your new braces and are well on your way to improving your smile. But remember, changing the elastics a few times each day means that you maintain a reasonably even, low and light force that helps your teeth move according to your prescribed treatment plan.

5. Drink lots of water

Did you know that as many as 75% of Americans may suffer from Chronic Dehydration? And, if your body is dehydrated, your mouth is too. This is a haven for bad bacteria. In addition to drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you should drink even more if you play after-school sports or participate in other extracurricular activities. Plus, when you’re properly hydrated, the lips, cheeks and gums are not as easily irritated by your braces! That’s even more reason to smile.