03/30/2021

Caring For Your Smile Between Orthodontic Visits

Article by Dr. Leaver & Dr. Gardner

KEEP UP WITH YOUR DENTAL HYGIENE

  • Brush at least three times a day, ideally after each meal and once before bed.
  • Use fluoridated toothpaste and a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Brush gently at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line, moving the toothbrush in a circular pattern across the teeth to effectively remove bacteria and any trapped food particles.
  • Floss at least once per day to remove bacteria and any food that has accumulated throughout the day.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or sooner if you have a cold or any other illness.
  • Use antimicrobial and fluoridated mouthwashes to help further improve your oral health.

FOLLOW YOUR ORTHODONTIST’S GUIDANCE!

LIMIT YOUR SUGAR INTAKE

MAKE A CARE KIT FOR YOUR BRACES

  • a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for brushing wherever you are
  • floss or ortho picks to use after eating if you have the time and space to do so
  • orthodontic wax, which can be used to cover any areas causing you irritation
  • extra rubber bands
  • lip balm for dry lips resulting from braces
  • a small cup for rinsing with water, which helps dislodge any trapped food particles
  • an unsharpened pencil, as you can use the eraser end to push stray brace wires back into place

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