How to make the most of your orthodontic treatment

Here at McGrory Orthodontics, we’re always striving to teach our patients how to get the most out of their orthodontic treatment. And we believe that this starts at the basics. Namely – which orthodontic treatment is right for me? 

There are a lot of options nowadays! Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all treatment, and frankly, the world of orthodontics couldn’t be better off for it. Whether you prioritize the hassle-free convenience of the leading clear aligners on the market, Invisalign®, or you’re looking for something like clear braces, which gives the advantages of a low-profile treatment option with all the power of traditional metal braces, there’s something for everyone at McGrory Ortho! 

Once you and Dr. McGrory or Dr. McCarty have found the perfect treatment for you, you’ll want some helpful tips and tricks to optimize your process, and guess what? We’ve got you covered there, too! So read on, and we’ll learn all about how to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment. 

First off – what’s right for me? 

First things first. We’ll want to get you into our Pearland or Bellaire office for an evaluation so you and your orthodontist can work together to decide on what type of treatment option is the best fit for your lifestyle, your bite, and your priorities. 

Orthodontic treatment offers a fantastic way to enhance both your oral health and physical appearance. There are various types of orthodontic treatments available, allowing patients to choose the one that suits them best. Let’s explore some of the most common options:

Traditional braces – the reliable, powerful workhorse 

If you have complex orthodontic issues like severely crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, traditional metal braces are a great choice. There’s a reason why they’re still the most popular treatment option at McGrory! These braces consist of metal brackets and wires that are carefully attached to your teeth. Over time, the wires are adjusted and tightened, gently moving your teeth into their proper positions. Traditional braces are especially beneficial for children and teenagers since early intervention can prevent future orthodontic problems.

Nowadays, traditional braces are a lot more advanced than ever before! They’re stronger, more lightweight, and require a lot less maintenance than they used to. And that’s a great thing to hear since they’re often the best way for you to get an amazing, healthy smile if your case is a little more complex. 

Invisalign – the revolutionary removable aligners 

Invisalign is a revolutionary alternative to traditional braces, providing a more discreet treatment option. It employs clear plastic aligners custom-made, especially for your teeth. You’ll wear a series of these aligners, changing them every two weeks as your teeth gradually shift into alignment. Invisalign is particularly suitable for you if you’ve got mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, such as slightly crooked teeth or small gaps. It’s highly favored by teenagers and adults who prefer a subtler orthodontic treatment.

We scan your teeth and jaws quickly and non-invasively using our powerful iTero digital scanner, so there’s no gloopy impression-taking! And the fact that Invisalign is removable is a huge plus. That means cleaning is a breeze, as you can just pop out your aligners during your brushing sessions, and that’s all there is to it! 

Clear braces – discreet, elegant, effective

If you’re interested in the low profile of something like Invisalign but don’t want to deal with keeping track of aligners, or maybe your case is a little more complex, ceramic (clear) braces are an excellent option. Similar to traditional braces, ceramic braces utilize brackets, but they are made from clear or tooth-colored material. This makes them much less visible, providing a discreet and elegant approach to straightening your teeth. Clear braces are particularly well-suited for those who value a more inconspicuous orthodontic treatment option.

Remember, each type of orthodontic treatment has its advantages, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and preferences. By discussing your options with Dr. McGrory or Dr. McCarty, you can make an informed decision and embark on your personalized journey toward a healthier, more confident smile.

So those are my options – what about tips? 

Now that you’ve gotten a better look at some of the options available, let’s check out some helpful tips and tricks to get the most out of your treatment. 

Tip #1 – Brushing and flossing regularly! 

This one might seem obvious, but awesome oral hygiene is essential during orthodontic treatment. Brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles. Use interdental brushes or floss threaders to clean between braces or aligners.  

Tip #2 – Follow Dr. McGrory or Dr. McCarty’s instructions! 

Dr. McGrory and Dr. McCarty are orthodontic experts and a resource for you to make use of! They will provide specific guidelines on wearing and caring for your braces, aligners, or other orthodontic appliances. Follow their recommendations regarding wear time, dietary restrictions, and oral hygiene practices to ensure the best treatment outcomes.

Tip #3 – Pay attention to your snack selection!

Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage your braces or dislodge aligners. Stay away from habits like chewing ice or biting on pens, as they can also cause damage. Opt for softer foods, cut fruits into small pieces, and chew on the back teeth to minimize the risk of braces breakage.

How to Make the Most Out of Ortho Treatment

Want more tips? Give us a call!

Hopefully, you’ve now found yourself with a better understanding of the treatment options available and how to make the most out of them. Now all that’s left is to give us a call at 713-340-1313 or just fill out this form, and we’ll get back to you ASAP! McGrory Orthodontics is your smile solution for the whole family!