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3 Common Mistakes Made during Six Months Smiles Treatment

April 29, 2018
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Posted By: Scott J. Stephens, DDS Staff
Woman with Braces | Scott Stephens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Six Months Smiles provides our adult patients with a fast and effective way to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. If you are searching for an orthodontist in Fayetteville, AR, give Scott J. Stephens, DDS a call instead. Dr. Stephens is a general dentist who offers cosmetic braces and much more. Our comprehensive approach to dentistry makes it easy for families to take care of their smiles.

Avoid these three common mistakes that people make during Six Month Smiles.

Skipping the Floss

When you have braces on your teeth, it takes a little extra effort to floss your teeth. You will need a special threader or small brush to remove the plaque from teeth before it hardens into calculus. It’s an extra step, but keeping your gums healthy is essential, especially since you will soon unveil your beautiful, new smile.

Eating the Wrong Foods

Just like traditional orthodontics, brackets and wires can break if you bite into something excessively hard or sticky. Things to avoid biting into include raw carrots, apples, taffy, and gummies. If you do dislodge a bracket or break your wire, please contact us so we can look after you.

You can bend protruding wires back or use orthodontic wax to keep damaged hardware from irritating soft tissue.

Not Wearing a Retainer

Retainer use is an essential part of orthodontic treatment because it will stabilize your teeth following treatment. If you do not regularly wear your retainer, your teeth will drift, and all your efforts will be wasted.

Dr. Stephens will discuss the instructions for retainer use and the options we offer. With regular use, your retainer will become a regular part of your oral care routine.

For orthodontics in Fayetteville, AR, and alternative treatments such as Invisalign and Six Month Smiles, contact Scott J. Stephens, DDS, and we will help you get the smile you deserve.

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