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If you’re interested in having a successful orthodontic journey, then there are things you need to do to achieve that goal. Our orthodontist, Dr. Dwayne Patritto, would like to help you have the best orthodontic journey possible because you deserve it! The more convenient your aligning process is, the better. So, to increase your chances of having a top-notch orthodontic journey, our orthodontist encourages you to do the following things:

-Keep up on oral hygiene: You should brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day. If possible, rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. These things help you clean your teeth, gums and appliance and they can even help you maintain a top-notch smile and oral health. To make oral hygiene possible, make sure to pack your tools with you before you leave your house and use the tools that make brushing and flossing easier, like interdental brushes and floss threaders.

-Attend your routine dental checkups: Your dental cleanings and exams help you have a top-notch smile and appliance and also help you prevent dental issues, like cavities and gum disease. They can help you stay on track toward your perfect smile as well as help you avoid any complications and inconveniences during treatment. So, make sure to attend your checkups every six months.

-Follow your orthodontist’s instructions: This means you need to have the appropriate diet and braces care techniques. You should avoid foods that damage your braces and you should wear any rubber brands or other appliance accessories when recommended.

Call Patritto Orthodontics today at 641-682-8143 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our orthodontic team will be happy to tell you all about how to have a top-notch orthodontic journey in Ottumwa, Iowa. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!