Excellent oral hygiene is the foundation to an excellent orthodontic result. Remember these tips for the best looking smile:
- In addition to excellent brushing, we strongly recommend the use of the WaterPik® Water Flosser
- Clean braces are bright and shiny. Dirty braces are covered with a white, milky film of bacteria called plaque.
- Plaque causes tooth decay, bad breath, swollen gums and eventually gum disease. As plaque builds up along the gum line, bacterial irritants cause your gum tissues to become red, puffy, sore, and likely to bleed.
- Gums that bleed or swell have not been thoroughly brushed. Brush well between the gums and the braces.
- The best methods for removing plaque are: proper tooth brushing and flossing. This daily oral hygiene home care program takes time—your time! But, it can also shorten the time you have to wear your braces.
- A Few Reminders:
- Look very carefully into the mirror and remove every trace of plaque and trapped food from all surfaces of your teeth—fronts, backs, tops and under your wires.
- Brush your gums gently and thoroughly—especially at the gum line
- Brush after eating. If it is impossible to brush, rinse your mouth thoroughly.
- Your toothbrush works in all directions, not just back and forth.
- Please never sit down in a treatment chair unless your teeth are clean. Braces and appliances cannot be adjusted when they’re dirty.
- Fully inspect your teeth and braces carefully to make sure they are spotless.