Precautions You Should Take Before Adolescent Treatment

Precautions You Should Take Before Adolescent Treatment
Posted on 05/10/2022

Starting adolescent orthodontic treatment is very exciting, but some patients may understandably have some nerves about it as well. As your trusted adolescent and adult orthodontist in San Antonio, Dr. Roy Gonzales deeply understands the importance of adequately preparing our teen patients and adults for the orthodontic treatment process.

Successful treatment comes much easier when everyone is on the same page, so before your child begins orthodontic treatment, here are some precautions to keep in mind to help set expectations and ensure the best quality results.

Discuss Options and Expectations

When starting this journey, it’s important to discuss available treatment options to help determine which method is best for your child. Once that has been established, Gonzales orthodontics can help explain what can be expected during treatment as well as the expected length of treatment. This gives your teen an estimated treatment completion period to look forward to.

Establish Food Dos and Don’ts

Due to the nature of braces, there are several foods patients are expected to steer clear of to lessen the chances of damage being done to brackets and wires, and even teeth. Ensuring you and your teen are both on the same page about which favorite foods are safe and which aren’t as important to a successful treatment.

Set an Oral Care Routine

Brushing and flossing may become slightly more difficult with braces, but the importance of doing both with regularity becomes even more important. Since braces create more nooks and crannies for food particles to become stuck and hard to reach, make sure your teen is well versed on when to brush, and how best to care for their braces and teeth during this time.

Have the Right Tools

Because braces can make regular oral care a little more difficult, several tools and appliances are helpful for orthodontic patients. Water flossers, floss threaders, orthodontic wax, and interdental brushes are all great accessories that, when used in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing, can help keep teeth and braces clean and mouths comfortable.

Dr. Roy Gonzales Orthodontics

At Gonzales orthodontics, our mission is to help all our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles they can feel confident showing off to others. Whether you are interested in early, adolescent, or adult orthodontics in San Antonio, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to provide the best quality care in the area. Ready to get started? Contact our office or simply fill out our online appointment request form today!