Orthodontics

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Oral Hygiene/Foods to Avoid

Common Problems

Invisalign Care

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Emergency Info

Pediatric Dentistry

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Oral Hygiene/Prevention

Habits

Sedation

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Emergency Info

Oral Hygiene/Foods to Avoid


Brushing with Braces
If you’re one of those people who is used to only brushing once or twice a day, we hope you change that habit once your braces are on. Infrequent brushing can cause plaque to build up and lead to cavities and scarring of your teeth. We recommend you brush your teeth four times each day to fend off those pesky food particles that want to gather on your teeth and braces. The recommended brushing times are: in the morning after breakfast; after lunch or right after school; after dinner; at bedtime.
Take Up Flossing
Whether you have always flossed your teeth or you’re new to the technique, flossing is an important addition to good oral hygiene - especially with braces. It may take a little more care and patience to floss around your braces and wires, but we recommend you take on the challenge and floss every night before bed. You can use a reusable floss threader to slide up and down under your archwire between the teeth. Be careful that you don’t put too much pressure on your appliances.
Rinse with Mouthwash
To help ward off infection and reduce irritation that could develop from your braces, we recommend using a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse up to four times a day after you brush. A mouth rinse like this can also help any irritation caused by your braces or any cheek bites, canker sores or other gum tenderness.
Clean Deeper With an Interdental Toothbrush
You can clean hard-to-reach places between your teeth, under your archwires and around your braces by using an interdental brush. This type of brush can sometimes be an alternative to flossing when used gently to avoid any damage to your wires or gums.
Add Topical Fluoride
Besides daily brushing and flossing, you can get even more protection from tooth decay by applying a small amount of sodium fluoride before bed. This gel can kill bacteria and replenish the minerals in your tooth enamel that may have been removed by harmful acids. About a minute on your teeth will do the trick, the spit it out and don’t drink or eat for 30 minutes.
How to Clean Your Orthodontic Appliance
To keep your removable appliance clean and free of germs, food particles and plaque, you should brush and soak your appliance daily. You can use a denture-cleaning tablet in water to soak your appliance each day.
Foods to Avoid
Some of the foods on this list are common sense for braces — avoid hard foods, like raw vegetables or hard candies, as these can break brackets and wires, and avoid gummy, sticky foods, as these can get caught between brackets and cause damage to your braces. Equally important to avoid, though, are sugary foods. These interact with naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth to form acids that eat away at tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay and cavities. Also avoid nail biting, pencil or pen chewing, and chewing on any foreign objects — all of these can damage your braces.