Malocclusion and Orthodontics - Home Treatment
orthodontic treatment for
malocclusion, it's still important to take good care
of teeth at home.
Your orthodontist will give you instructions on
caring for your teeth during treatment. These may include:
- Avoiding sticky and hard foods, such as gum,
taffy, and nuts.
- Taking vitamins with fluoride.
- Using a
retainer —a piece of molded plastic and wire
(orthodontic appliance) worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in place after
orthodontic treatment—as often and as long as recommended.
- Carefully brush your teeth after meals and snacks.
If your child has crooked or protruding teeth from an oral
habit such as
thumb-sucking, his or her teeth may begin to return to
normal position when the habit stops. You can help your child stop an oral
habit. For more information, see the topic