Cheers to the new year! Along with the ball drop and fireworks festivities come the customary New Year’s resolutions. On your journey to self-improvement, why not turn over a new leaf and kick a few bad orthodontic habits to the curb? We’ve compiled a quick list of bad habits you can ditch for a healthier smile in the new year.
The experts have spoken. The best way to take care of your teeth is to brush twice a day for two minutes to protect your teeth from plaque buildup and decay. For those who wear retainers or clear aligners, don’t skip brushing before you put your retainer in. It can damage your teeth by securing food particles and bacteria in place and it can cause bacteria to grow on your retainers. Your retainers and aligners are meant to protect and improve your teeth not become petri dishes!
Using teeth as tools
The package won’t open, the scissors are MIA, and your teeth are always there, but this can do some serious damage to your teeth. Using your teeth to open things can cause chips in your teeth and if you have braces, you could damage your wires or brackets too!
It can be so tempting to get a quick sugar rush from a sugary drink, but these treats have a high risk of causing plaque buildup and tooth decay. Soda is very acidic, which can damage your tooth enamel, increasing your risk of cavities. Next time you are craving something sweet, try a baked good or something low in acidity that is not likely to get stuck in your teeth.
Chewing your nails is an easy habit to fall into, particularly if you are experiencing a stressful time in your life. Aside from hygiene concerns, biting your nails can damage your jaw and teeth. There’s a reason for the saying “As tough as nails.” Your nails are surprisingly strong and the pressure from biting down can shift your teeth out of place. Even if you are an adult, your teeth are not immune to this.
Missing dental or orthodontic appointments
Life can be very hectic. But putting off orthodontic or dental appointments can have major detrimental effects on your oral and overall health. You should go in for a check-up at the dentist every six months and stick to your recommended orthodontist appointments, otherwise you risk losing progress on your orthodontic journey.
Remember that the best way to make New Year’s resolutions stick is to create an easy-to-follow routine. Schedule an appointment at Carolina Braces to get the ball rolling with some good habits for 2022 and beyond!