Good Oral Hygiene

Taking good care of your teeth is always important, but proper brushing and flossing are even more critical during orthodontic treatment.

Brushing:

Brush your teeth at least four times a day:

Simple tips for Proper Brushing

  1. Place toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums
  2. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh
  3. Replace your toothbrush regularly
  4. Use the prescription strength fluoride toothpaste we provide to keep your teeth as healthy as possible during treatment

Easy Steps to Effective Flossing

For areas between the teeth, flossing is important to prevent cavities, infected or swollen gum tissue, and permanent white spots on the teeth.

The key to flossing is to get the floss under the arch wire. You can do this several ways: Use a floss threader or use a type of floss with a stiff end to make it easy to string between your braces and your teeth.

Move the floss up and down gently, making sure it goes under the gum tissue. Then do the side of the adjacent tooth.

Repeat the process between the next 2 teeth and around the remainder of the arch until you have cleaned between each tooth.

By practicing good oral hygiene, you can prevent dental disease and even shorten your treatment time. Itís well worth the effort!

Consistency is Key

By sticking to a routine of regular brushing and flossing at home ... visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings ... and making it a point to never miss an orthodontic appointment, you can rest assured your orthodontic treatment will be as streamlined and effective as possible.