Oral Hygiene

Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

You, your orthodontist, and your family dentist are now a team. You all want the same thing – for you to have a healthy smile with beautiful, white, straight teeth. Your orthodontist will straighten your teeth and your dentist will help keep them clean and check for problems periodically.  Essentially, you’re the one who has to take care of your teeth every single day during treatment to keep clean, healthy and white. That means closely following the instructions your orthodontist and orthodontic staff provide.

Keep Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are extra important when you have braces. That’s because there are so many places around your braces for food to get stuck and plaque to build up. If you don’t like brushing and flossing, consider this: if your teeth are not kept clean while you wear braces you could end up with permanent stains on your teeth!

Doing it Right

The best way to keep your teeth clean is to brush after every meal or snack, and floss once a day. Always use a soft brush and a fluoride toothpaste. And be sure to brush properly. Follow these tips for effective brushing and flossing.

Other Hygiene Helpers

Dr. Tai will recommends some of the following aids to help keep your teeth super clean. If you have any questions about how to use them, don’t be shy. Ask Dr. Tai to explain them to you.

Interproximal Brush

This tool is designed to slip under your archwire to remove plaque and food particles near your brackets.

Electric Toothbrush

An electric tooth brush can make brushing your teeth easier. It may also be more effective than a regular toothbrush.

Prescription fluride toothpaste or fluoride rinse

Use once a day as part of your cleaning routine. For best result, use it with your interproximal brush to deliver maximum fluoride protection to your teeth. Fluoride rinse can also help prevent tooth decay. Use it after you brush and floss.