Orthodontics and Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene is extremely important to your overall health as well as the care of your teeth and mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatments, such as braces, can make it more challenging to keep the teeth clean; a strong oral care routine is a must. Each observance of poor oral hygiene noted in a patient’s chart has been shown through research to increase orthodontic treatment time by an average of 2.5 weeks. Poor oral hygiene can keep you in braces longer and increase the cost of your treatment.
Brushing with Braces
It is very important to brush your teeth after each meal or snack when you wear braces. Braces have many nooks and crannies where food can stick unnoticed, causing plaque if not removed. Brush the front, sides, tops, and backs of teeth for approximately two minutes at each brushing. Take special care to make sure the area under the wires is getting cleaned properly.
Improve Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Brushing isn’t enough to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Rinsing with mouthwash and flossing is important to the health of your teeth and gums. Use floss and mouthwash at least once per day.
Additional Patient Resource Topics:
- When to Get Treatment
- How Braces Work
- Appliance Instructions
- Braces & Sports
- Eating with Braces
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Dr. J. Michael Dierkes, DDS, MS, NMD is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. His services have improved the lives of people from Roswell and the surrounding areas, including residents of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the radiant, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation!