Now that you have braces on, it is more important than ever to take care in keeping your teeth extra clean. Plaque can hide around the braces and if it is not effectively removed, the bacteria in the plaque can erode or decalcify tooth enamel. The decalcifications show up as white spots on teeth. These white stains are often permanent. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule. Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth; brush in small circles above and below the brackets.
Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. A Waterpik can be a useful addition but it cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to the teeth. Interplak toothbrushes are great.
Flossing is important and should be done every day.
It is highly recommended that regular dental check-ups be continued with your dentist during active orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
Direct Injuries to the Mouth or Teeth
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth–whether you are undergoing orthodontic care or not–you should be seen by your regular dentist as soon as possible. If a tooth has been knocked out, severely displaced, or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first since we may not have the necessary materials needed to treat these injuries. If the orthodontic appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust them as soon as possible.
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