We’re deep into the second week of the year, and at this point you must tired to the many “New Year New Me” messages flooding your timeline. Although these messages are inspire better health habits, we all know that failure to plan is a plan to fail. That is why we have created this five-step guide to make sure that, while you have a ton of health goals, you achieve all your oral health resolutions for 2019 in grand style.

The only way to attain excellent oral hygiene, straight teeth and a beautiful smile is by committing to a good orthodontic treatment plan. If your teeth or smile ever held you back from being confident and reaching your goals in 2018, we will walk you through how to fix that this year.    

Follow these steps to achieve a picture perfect smile this year:  

Eat More Greens and Less Sugar: A healthy diet is important for maintaining good dental health. Eating greens like spinach boosts your calcium, while getting enough Vitamin D allows the body to absorb calcium. Calcium deficiency can lead to underdeveloped teeth, gum disease and tooth decay. Eating unhealthy snacks that are high in sugar and low in calcium, are part of the bad habits you would have to leave behind in 2018. This new year, make it your mission to adopt healthy eating habits to strengthen your teeth, fight bacteria and prevent any dental disease.   

Brush Your Teeth: Brushing and flossing your teeth does a lot to prevent dental health complications. If you don’t brush and floss as recommended, plaque can develop on and between teeth causing cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists recommend brushing at least twice and flossing at least once a day. Remember, when you brush your teeth, the goal is to remove any food and plaque on your gums and teeth. Plaque is soft and a tooth brush with soft bristles will do the job just fine, do not use bristles that are too hard, as they can erode your enamel or cause irritation to your gums.

Visit your dentist: Your dentist is the expert when it comes to keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Scheduling checkups allows your dentist to monitor your dental health and address any concerns before they become bigger problems. It is recommended visiting your dentist every six months; this is the best way to make sure your dental health is at its best.

Align Your Bite: Once your teeth are clean and healthy, you can schedule an orthodontic consultation to get the straight and radiant smile you have always wanted. Never have children and adults had so many options for orthodontic care as they do today.  If you have uneven teeth, gaps, an overbite, under-bite or just feel that your smile could use some straightening, schedule a free consultation with us and find out which orthodontic appliance suits you.

Whiten or Brighten Your Teeth: A beautiful smile can add a major boost to your confidence and have a positive effect on your social and professional life. To enhance your beautiful new smile, you may want to consider whitening or brightening your teeth.  Over time, teeth can yellow for a variety of reasons, including consuming sugary foods, drinking coffee/tea/colored drinks, smoking or simply the passing of time. For many people, a smile is one of their most noticeable and important features, so it should be radiant and appealing. To remedy discolored teeth, you could visit your local dentist for teeth whitening, and maintain bright teeth naturally with activated charcoal, which has been observed to effectively absorb compounds that stain teeth.   

For best results, dentists recommend that you wait until your orthodontic treatment is complete prior to any intensive whitening procedure.  

Follow these tips and let us know how it works for your smile.