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Good oral hygiene is key to your orthodontic treatment being successful.

Questions & answers

Oral hygiene with braces

Why do I need to brush and floss when my braces or appliance covers my teeth?

Your teeth will still accumulate plaque and tartar with your appliance on, which is why it is more important than ever to maintain good oral habits. Your teeth will be harder to clean and for you to reach certain places to remove plaque.

How do I care for my smile while wearing braces?

Your regular oral home care routine will differ, though we will give you advice on what things to change.

  • We will give you a list of foods to avoid that could damage your braces.
  • You need to brush your teeth at least three times a day: after every meal, and even in-between snacks.
  • You still need to floss every day. This can be a challenge, though we do offer interdental brushes to help floss in between your metal wires and brackets.
  • Always rinse your mouth after you brush and floss.

Do I still need to see my dentist?

Of course. Your dentist can ensure that you do not develop any dental problems that could result from harder-to-reach areas. It is always the best idea to maintain your regular dental cleanings and exams.

Oral hygiene with braces

Maintaining oral care

We will review your oral hygiene habits with you during your visit to Children & Family Dentistry & Braces and how they need to change during your orthodontic treatment. We will guide you through oral habits that you need to change as well as foods to avoid. Talk to our orthodontists by contacting our office to schedule an appointment.

Guidelines for healthy teeth

Oral hygiene is key to maintaining your oral health during the straightening process. Without proper care, plaque and tartar can accumulate in hard-to-reach places because of your braces. Improper oral hygiene can also damage your braces, thereby increasing treatment time. Our orthodontists will go over specific oral hygiene habits that will be advantageous to practice during your appointment.

    Here are some guidelines to help you keep your teeth and braces clean:

  • Brush your teeth at least three times a day, more if you eat a snack in-between meals.
  • Use an interproximal brush to clean around the brackets and wires for food particles that your toothbrush will have missed.
  • Floss at least once a day. You can use a floss threader to get behind your braces.
  • Rinse out your mouth every time you brush your teeth. You may require a specialized rinse based on your needs.
  • Avoid specific foods that will damage your braces.

Give us a call at Children & Family Dentistry & Braces if you have any questions regarding any questions you may have.

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