Many people find maintaining proper dental hygiene on their own difficult. With an orthodontic device in the way, cleaning your teeth becomes that much harder. Some people may complete their orthodontic treatment with unsightly decay and discoloration due to improper care. Villanova Dental Studio in Stittsville, ON is here to guide you through your journey to the perfect smile.
The Difficulties of Dental Hygiene
The specific hygiene problems you have will vary depending on your treatment method. In general, however, orthodontic devices cover or obstruct access to some parts of the teeth. Parts of the tooth that are entirely covered, such as where a bracket is bonded to the tooth, should be relatively safe. The surrounding tooth surface, however, can be tough to reach and vulnerable to decay.
With metal braces it is more important than ever to maintain a schedule of brushing and daily flossing. A rotating electric toothbrush can make it easier to clean all the crevices around your braces. Flossing is difficult because the wire interferes. This is where dental floss picks can come in handy. For some patients, an oral irrigator, such as a Waterpik, can help remove plaque and debris. Whatever you use, an antibacterial rinse containing fluoride is the final step to clean and protect your teeth.
One of the wonders of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. This means that you can clean your teeth the same as always with no pesky appliance in the way. For patients using clear aligners, hygiene is just as important but easy and painless. It is also important to clean your aligners with brushing and warm water.
Schedule an Appointment
Villanova Dental Studio understands that every patient’s mouth is different. That is why we provide each patient with a customized treatment plan and recommendations on how to care for your teeth. Questions? We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about keeping your teeth clean and healthy. To schedule an appointment with Villanova Dental Studio, contact us on our website or at (613) 655-9966.