This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.
Last Updated on March 20, 2021
Recently, the University of Maryland, Baltimore celebrated Oral Health Promotion Day. On March 2, UMB CURE Scholars and their families were eligible to receive free preventative dental care, free dental exams, and free dental sealant application. The school’s preferred dental sealant protects teeth from cavities for as many as 15 years.
While celebrations like this one are certainly beneficial, you do not need to wait for a special event to start taking care of your teeth. Here are 5 ways to get a healthy and beautiful smile starting today.
Talk To An Orthodontist
Just about 35% of adults nationwide have enviably straight front teeth. That means that nearly two-thirds of adults do not. It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) reports that 27% of patients seeking orthodontia are 18 years of age or older.
Meet with an orthodontist for a free consultation. While there, you will discuss the option or options that work best for you. Make sure to discuss the options that will most effectively fix your misaligned teeth and the options that best suit your lifestyle. For example, if you would like something subtler than traditional metal braces, you may be a good fit for transparent ceramic braces or clear aligners.
Pay Attention To Your Oral Health
Complement orthodontia with healthy gums and teeth. Your orthodontic treatment will fare much better — as will your mouth and health — if you stay proactive about your oral hygiene. Brush twice daily, floss at least once daily, and schedule biannual cleanings with a dental hygienist.
Consider Your Dental Health Options
Remember, when it comes to orthodontia and beautifying your smile, you have options. Those include:
- Metal braces. Nationwide, 4 million people of all ages wear braces. Three-fourths of them are 17 or younger — but that leaves one million people who are not. If you choose metal braces, it is far more likely to have them during adulthood than you might think. You’re in good company!
- Clear, transparent, or less visible options. Use clear trays to straighten your teeth, opt for transparent or tooth-colored ceramic braces, or ask your dentist if you are a good fit for lingual braces or braces placed on the back of your teeth.
- Crowns. If you have a missing, chipped, or cracked tooth — or just one tooth that isn’t quite right — crowns may be a perfectly suitable option to quickly and effectively improve the appearance of your teeth.
Be Smart About What You Eat And Drink
While professional tooth whitening is an option, it is best not to abuse it. Achieve a dazzling white smile during and after orthodontic treatment by carefully watching what you eat and drink. Avoid drinking too much coffee and red wine. Both beverages stain teeth. Sauces, soda, and candy have the potential to stain your teeth as well.
Think Long Term
On average, those seeking orthodontic treatment will wear their braces or clear aligners for two years. Plan accordingly. Consider big life events and any big decisions that are pertinent to your treatment. If you are getting married in the next two years, are you comfortable wearing braces for your wedding photos?
Do you have wisdom teeth or can you feel wisdom teeth coming in? If your wisdom teeth are present or impacted, talk to your orthodontist about whether it is best to remove them and, if you choose to remove them, when you should undergo the procedure in relation to your orthodontic treatment.
Remember, orthodontia will not only help you look great, but it will also immensely benefit your health. It is much simpler to clean in between evenly spaced teeth. Straightening your teeth will help you more thoroughly and effectively clean your teeth and gums.
Are you looking for effective ways to get a healthy and beautiful smile? Carefully consider your options for adult orthodontic treatment, and take part in healthy behaviors that will complement your treatment and keep your smile looking its very best.