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If you’re aligning your smile with braces, you probably want to have the best orthodontic treatment possible, right? Well, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce the inconveniences you experience during treatment and increase your chances of achieving your perfect smile. Our orthodontist, Dr. James Karhohs, is happy to tell you all about those things, which are:

-Keep up on oral hygiene: This means you need to brush after every meal, floss at least once a day and rinse your mouth with mouthwash often. These things can help you maintain a clean and pristine smile; maintain top-notch teeth, gums and braces; as well as avoid embarrassing food-filled smile moments. Make sure to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste with you so you can brush throughout the day, and try to use convenient oral hygiene tools to make brushing and flossing easier, like interdental brushes and floss threaders.

-Attend your routine dental checkups: Dental cleanings and exams help you have a top-notch smile and appliance and help you prevent major dental issues. When you maintain strong and healthy teeth, gums and braces as well as prevent dental problems, you can avoid complications and inconveniences during your orthodontic journey.

-Follow your orthodontist’s instructions: Make sure to avoid the hard, chewy and sticky foods that can damage your appliance, and make sure to wear a mouthguard while you actively participate in high-contact sports. It’s also important to wear the orthodontic rubber bands and additional accessories as recommended.

For more information and details about how to have a top-notch orthodontic treatment in Grand Rapids, Michigan, please contact James V. Karhohs, DDS, MS, PC and talk to our orthodontic team. We are happy to give you the answers and help you need, so please don’t hesitate to call 616-784-4300 now! We look forward to hearing from you.