National Orthodontic Health Month
It’s October, Yay! It’s Halloween!!! For the kids of the world. But orthodontists call it a National Orthodontic Health Month and devote this whole month to celebrate beautiful smiles, educate on orthodontic benefits and emphasize on overall dental and physical health.
Orthodontics Is Not Only Braces
Most of the people when they think of orthodontics, they consider only braces. But, gone are the days when braces were the only option. Now, you have Gold Braces, Clear Aligners, and invisible braces going behind the teeth.
Once the treatment is completed, retainers are there to keep your teeth in a new position.
Orthodontics does not only straighten or move your teeth to improve their appearance; it also contributes to the long-term care of your teeth, gums, jaws and joints.
Who needs orthodontics?
A beautiful smile and perfect teeth has no age restrictions. All those kids, teens and adults who have crowding or spacing, crooked teeth, prominent teeth or an incorrect bite (overbite / underbite / crossbite) are eligible candidates for orthodontics.
What happens if left untreated?
Tooth decay, tooth loss, gum disease, chewing issues, speaking issues, misaligned jaw or other serious problems.
Is orthodontic treatment expensive?
Treatment cost varies from patient to patient, case to case but finances should never stop you from living a healthy life. Many orthodontists offer interest free installments and no down payments plans to make braces and aligners affordable for the patients.
If you’re one of the millions of people undergoing orthodontic treatment, and don’t want to miss out on the Halloween treats, the American Association of Orthodontists has made it easier to enjoy by sharing tips on protecting braces, aligners and other appliances.
- Do not fill your Halloween with hard, sticky, gummy, and chewy candies, lollipops and other snacks. Anything including caramel, gummies, licorice, gum and jelly beans treats as well as soft drinks is not just for you this time. We understand it’s a bit disappointing, but caring this time will allow us to enjoy the next time.
- Try healthier treats, but avoid hard nuts or nuts-filled treats chips and popcorn. These all foods could cause brackets, wires and bands to damage.
- Brushing and flossing becomes essential after such a sugar-filled celebration. Make sure that you brush and floss each time you consume sugary or starchy food.
If you’re not the one currently undergoing treatment,
but considering having orthodontics in future and have further concerns, reach out to us and schedule a consultation.