Brushing, Flossing & Home Care

Oral Hygiene

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Maintaining proper oral hygiene is always important but it’s especially important for patients with braces.  When you have braces, food and bacteria collect around the bands and brackets making you more prone to developing decay or gum disease. Left untreated, these dental problems can cause more serious oral health issues which can prolong your time in braces.

Brushing

Patients in active orthodontic treatment should brush their teeth at least three times per day (after each meal).  We also recommend the use of Prevident 5000 fluoride toothpaste one time per day to help decrease the risk of developing cavities or decalcification (white spots).  There are also a variety of other aids that make cleaning around braces more efficient, electric toothbrushes (Sonicare), Waterpik and  interproximal brushes (Proxabrushes) all especially helpful in removing food and plaque from your braces.

 

Flossing

Regular flossing, once per day, is important in preventing cavities from forming between the teeth, as well as in the prevention of gum disease.  Patients with braces tend to have an increase rate of food and plaque build up between their teeth making flossing even more important.  Flossing aids such as the Playpus or floss threaders make the task easier.

Other Maintenance

While you have your braces on you will have regular maintenance appointments, however, every now and then, the wires and bands on your braces may come loose or even fall off. If this happens simply call us and make an appointment to come in so we can check and repair your braces for you as quickly as possible. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

Tip: A handy tip to temporarily fix a loose wire is to use the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push it back into place. If the loose wire is causing irritation you can put wax over the end to relieve any discomfort until you’re able to see your dentist.

Damaged appliances can lengthen the time of your treatment, so make sure you follow these few simple rules and do anything you are instructed to do by your dentists with regards to your braces. Taking good care of your braces will mean that your treatment will be as quick and smooth as possible.

Achieving a Beautiful AND Healthy Smile!

Diligently following our home care instructions ensures a straight white smile when your braces come off.  If you are in treatment and notice your gums are puffy or red, or plaque is beginning to collect along your braces, please ask one of our team members for assistance. We will always take the time to you show you how maintain the health of your teeth.