Keeping a healthy smile
The goal of orthodontic treatment is to achieve good dental alignment with a functional bite. If the health of the teeth and gums are ignored along the way, the treatment result can be significantly compromised. Teeth should not be straightened at the expense of the oral health. Therefore, effective brushing and flossing is the most important action required from patients during their orthodontic treatment.
Our team will provide you or your child with all necessary tools and information to achieve excellent dental hygiene. At every appointment, we will pay special attention to your brushing and flossing abilities. We will give you advice and tips on how to better your oral hygiene, or congratulate you on your great work.
While wearing braces, it is important to brush your teeth at least three times a day. Because food can collect easily around the braces, it is important that your teeth are brushed after each meal. Take your time and make sure that all areas are clean, especially the area between your gums and braces.
Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before bedtime. Because your toothbrush cannot reach the space between your teeth, regular flossing will help prevent plaque accumulation in those areas.
Effective brushing and flossing combined with the use of mouth rinse containing fluoride (such as Oral-B) has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of cavities, inflamed gums (gingivitis), white marks on the teeth and bad breath.