Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth and keeping them clean while the braces are on is extremely important.

We strongly suggest that you brush your teeth at least twice a day (in the morning and before bed) using a fluoride toothpaste.  Brush your teeth and around your brackets using small round vibratory "strokes" making sure to give the toothbrush a slight tilt to direct it in between your brackets and the gums.  Leaving plaque and/or food around your brackets can result in  "SCARRING" , a white spot lesion on the tooth surface (which is permanent),  or even possibly cavities!

Regular toothbrushing will not knock brackets off.

The use of a proxabrush will be shown to you in office.   A proxabrush is a great adjunct to brushing, to help get around brackets, bands, and to get into those hard to reach areas.

If you wish, you may use an electric toothbrush.  Keep in mind to brush between your brackets and the gumline.

We may recommend other tools to aid in your cleaning and help keep cavities as bay; such as, antibacterial or fluoride mouth rinses, sulcabrushes, flosspicks,   etc.

AND do not forget to continue to see your dentist for regular dental check ups, and cleanings by the hygienist.