Taking care of your dental health while in orthodontic treatment can sometimes seem overwhelming. Our staff provides personalized care when you come in for checkups and will make recommendations as needed for keeping your smile healthy and comfortable in between visits.
Your daily oral hygiene routine will depend on the type of braces being used or whether you have an oral appliance in place. Brushing and flossing daily can be challenging with metal braces and/or oral appliances, but we will work with you to demonstrate new techniques for keeping everything clean and healthy.
Products we may recommend can include:
- Antibacterial rinses
- Fluoride toothpaste
- Rotating electric toothbrush for metal braces or appliances
- Dental floss picks for hard to reach areas
Keeping the teeth clean and removing any food particles from between the teeth or around brackets and wires of metal braces is important to minimize the risk for tooth decay and staining. It is also important to maintain your normal routine preventive care schedule, even though you are making extra visits for checkups for orthodontic care.
Our Main Street location offers comprehensive dental care for all ages and can help you and your family maintain a healthy smile.
Oral Hygiene Tips
When you have braces or other oral appliances, there are more nooks and crannies for food particles and bacteria to hide. This makes it especially important for you to keep up with proper oral health care. If you’re able to, brush your teeth every time you eat. This makes you more likely to get food particles out before they cause problems. Brush longer as well, and make sure you’re hitting all areas of your teeth.
Flossing is definitely more difficult with oral appliances. But we can help with that. At your appointment, we can assist with special tools that make flossing easier in hard-to-reach areas. We can teach you the best techniques to floss with the specific orthodontic equipment that you have in your mouth.
Lastly, there are certain foods that can cause problems with your oral appliance or braces. Foods that are too hard or sticky can cause damage to wires or brackets. They can also get caught up in the appliance, making it a haven for bacteria to feed. We can give you a list of foods that we recommend avoiding so that you can get the best results with your orthodontic care.
Oral Hygiene with Invisalign
For patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners, daily oral hygiene is easy and painless. The aligners are removable for your normal routine, including tooth brushing, flossing, and general oral care as needed. Most patients do not experience increased tooth decay, tooth stains, or gum irritation with Invisalign and can maintain their dental health with ease.