Oral Hygiene

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Orthodontic treatment seeks to correct your bite by repositioning your teeth – and just as your tooth alignment is changing, your dental hygiene routine must change as well. Your dental hygiene will require a little more work because you have to maneuver around the appliances that are helping you. Pay close attention to the advice below on how to care for your braces that your braces will continue to care for you.

Diet

All braces require patients to be careful about what they eat. For instance, sticky foods such as caramels and bubble gum will pull the brace away from the teeth; you should avoid these foods during treatment. Hard foods like crisp vegetables and apples can bend and loosen the appliance; you can enjoy these foods by slicing them and chewing with your back teeth so that they don't catch on the brackets and archwires. Let your orthodontist know if you have questions about a particular food or beverage.

Maintenance

Braces and other orthodontic devices are monitored and adjusted through regular appointments. If you experience any discomfort or unexpected change in the feel of your appliance between visits, please call our office. Adjustments should not be attempted at home.

In some cases, patients may experience some discomfort during the first week of orthodontic treatment as their teeth get used to being pushed or pulled. The sensation will fade after a few days as the mouth adjusts, but until then discomfort may be treated with suitable over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil.

Cleaning your teeth and gums with braces requires a tooth brush, an interdental pick, and a floss threader.  Please watch the video below to learn the proper technique.   

We recommend these products for cleaning under the wire and between the teeth:

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Interdental Pick
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Platypus Floss
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Plackers Floss