Why is it so important that we take of our teeth? Well for one; if you don’t, you’re going to end up losing them. I don’t know about you, but wearing dentures full time doesn’t seem like all that much fun. Second, issues like infections in the root can actually lead to death if they are left untreated. So I suppose oral healthcare is sort of a life and death issue.

Many folks are interested in straightening a crooked smile, but they need to understand that the teeth and gums must be in great shape before this can happen. Looking around my area, there are more than a few Austin orthodontists around, and I’m willing to bet none of them would treat a patient with poor overall oral health.

orthodontistSo let’s say, for the sake of example, that you want to get your smile fixed, but your teeth are also in rough shape. Maybe it’s been a few years since you visited the dentist, and you definitely don’t floss as often as you should. If this does happen to sound familiar, don’t fret, you aren’t not alone. And if you take steps to act now, things will be just fine. So what has to happen to get things back in order? Well, let’s start from the beginning.

The first step is start taking care of your teeth and gums on a day-to-day basis. That means every morning when you get up, you should brush. And I don’t mean you should just spend 30 seconds to a minute pushing some toothpaste around your mouth. Brushing should be a focused and dedicated task. You should have the mission of polishing each tooth in your mouth and scrubbing your gums and tongue to freshen your breath. Spend about a minute and a half on top and the same on the bottom. Brush in small circular motions and try to hit even the out of the way spots.

Flossing is also an essential part of daily care. It’s typically recommended that people floss once per day, at night. However, if things are pretty bad, you might want to consider being a little more aggressive. If you haven’t flossed in a while, you may see some blood. This isn’t healthy, it means you’re developing gingivitis, but it’s easily overcome with commitment. It’s understandable that flossing feels like a huge task, but it really isn’t. Just 5 additional minutes each night and you’ll be much better of for it.

After you’ve got things at home taken care of, you can start to focus on preventative care and more thorough cleanings that a dentist can provide. Find someone local and start treating as soon as you can. If things are too bad, they may recommend surgical procedures to get a handle on the situation. It’s not fun, but it will be necessary. This is the reason it’s important to care for your teeth. Once you’re treating regularly with a dentist, they’ll help take care of problems like gingivitis and cavities. Slowly, your oral health will start to shape up. You’ll soon be ready to visit the orthodontist!

Nobody likes having a mouthful of crooked teeth. The more out of place they are, the worse it is. But even as an adult, there is hope. Things like braces, Invisalign, Incognito braces, and other treatments can have you smiling with confidence in no time. If thinking about smile correction makes you a little nervous, that’s normal – but there really is nothing to be afraid of.

The first thing you should know, visiting the orthodontist doesn’t typically hurt. Now it is true that if you’re wearing braces there will be times you’ll feel lots of pressure on the teeth. It’s uncomfortable and can cause mild pain, but it doesn’t last long and can usually be addressed with Tylenol.

Second, don’t worry about looking silly just because you’re wearing braces. It’s temporary, and the end result will be well-worth it. And, though you may not even realize it, some of the treatment options you might have could be a lot more discreet that you’re thinking. It’s true that metal braces are obvious and kind of ugly. However, they are effective. Still, this doesn’t mean you can’t seek alternatives. We mentioned Invisalign and Incognito Braces earlier, and these are two great examples.

Invisalign uses clear aligners to guide the teeth into the desired position. They’ve been used by millions of patients and have proven quite effective.

Incognito Braces are a type of lingual braces. The brackets are attached to the back of the patient’s teeth, hiding treatment out of site.

Whatever you decide for treatment, you need to ensure you get your oral health under control first. Do what it takes and before long you’ll be smiling big.