Oral Hygiene and Orthodontic Treatment
When investing time and resources into orthodontic treatment, you want the best possible outcome, and good oral hygiene is key. Food and bacterial plaque can accumulate around the braces, and brushing and flossing can be more challenging during this process. If you don't clean your teeth thoroughly, however, you can end up with decay, gum disease or permanent areas of discoloration. Here are some oral hygiene guidelines recommended by the AAO.
- Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after every meal and snack and before bed. When away from home, be sure to pack a travel toothbrush (the Colgate® Wisp® is portable and requires no toothpaste).
- Floss at least once a day. Now that this is more difficult, ask your orthodontist about special flossing tools that can make the job easier, and ask for a demonstration.
- Visit your family dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
- Ask your dentist or orthodontist about using a prescription rinse that could help prevent decalcification.
So, what is orthodontics? Now that you know, think about what orthodontics can do for you. You just might end up with the smile people can't stop talking about, and healthy teeth that last a lifetime.