Teeth Cleaning with Braces

Oral Maintenance

Creating a beautiful is a partnership between you and Dr. Bales. Dr. Bales can only do so much of the work while you are in our office. For the rest of the time, it is your job to make sure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. Most importantly, you must keep your teeth and gums as clean as possible; this is true whether or not you are receiving orthodontic treatment. Once you start treatment, it will be a little harder to keep your teeth and gums healthy; this is because you will have an appliance in your mouth that can harbour bacteria.

With your braces, it is important to spend a little extra time when you brush your teeth. Remember, you must still floss your teeth- it will take a little longer at first but keeping the area between your teeth clean will ensure that your teeth become straighter faster. If you have a removable orthodontic appliance such as retainers or Invisalign then you can brush your appliance with a toothbrush and even use a denture cleaner. Below you will find specific instructions on keeping your mouth and your orthodontic appliance healthy and clean. You can find all of this information in Dr. Bales’ office as well.

Oral Hygiene and Maintenance

Teeth Cleaning with Braces - Brandon OrthosonticsIt is imperative that meticulous oral hygiene be maintained during any orthodontic treatment. Here are some guidelines for keeping your mouth healthy:

Good oral hygiene is very important during orthodontic treatment.

You should brush at least three times per day for two minutes each time. Ideally you should have a travel toothbrush to clean your teeth after meals.

It is important to brush around the brackets with a Proxa-Brush once per day.

Waterpik®

Use the Waterpik® once daily prior to brushing. This will help to clean along the gum line and in between the teeth. Use warm water to avoid sensitivity of the teeth.

Brush thoroughly to avoid permanent white spots on your teeth (these white spots are decalcification or the start of tooth decay).

Another incentive for keeping your teeth clean is the speed at which your treatment will be completed. When you leave plaque around your teeth, the gum tissue becomes infected. You can notice this infection because your gum tissue will become red, swollen and bleed easily.  Your tissues have a maximum number of cells that can be involved in either moving your teeth or fighting infection. If cells are busy fighting the infection in your gum tissue, there will be fewer cells involved in tooth movement and your orthodontic treatment will progress more slowly.

 

A great smile and a well functioning “bite” are the results of excellent planning and treatment by Dr. Bales and great cooperation from you!

 

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