Oral Hygene

 

You will notice that it is much harder to keep teeth clean while you have braces. Because food compacts in the brackets and between the teeth, it is important to brush and floss. 

Brushing and Flossing Frequency
If plaque remains on your teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white mark on the surface of the tooth.  This means brushing after meals should become a regular and important part of your daily routine.


Brushing Technique
Use firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle.  Brushing in small circles above and below the bracket will insure you cover all areas of the tooth. Be sure to replace your toothbrush whenever the bristles start to fray.

Recommended Toothbrushes
Soft bristles are better than medium or hard bristles at getting into the spaces around your braces and they don't irritate your gums. We encourage the use of an electric toothbrush and water pick.  Both can be very effective in removing food particles and plaque, just be sure to use them correctly and follow the directions.

Dentist Visits During Orthodontic Treatment?
Yes… It is very important for you to visit and maintain your general dental exams and cleanings especially during your orthodontic treatment. We work with you to prepare for those important routine visits and request notice ahead of time in order to properly schedule any needed preparation prior to those exams. If extra dental care is needed above and beyond regular dental visits we will be happy to coordinate with your general dentist to make the appropriate appointments.