Properly Caring for Your Oral Health During Orthodontic Treatment
Here at SpringRock Dental, we know that orthodontic treatment can make it more difficult to practice good oral hygiene, increasing your risk for dental problems. This is especially true because food particles can become stuck in wires and brackets, blocking areas of the enamel that need to be cleaned. This makes it even more important to follow the hygiene instructions given to you by your orthodontist.
Oral Health During Orthodontic Treatment
Common oral health problems can be avoided by taking extra measures to keep the teeth clean and healthy during orthodontic treatments. These extra efforts can:
Reduce demineralization – If your teeth aren’t protected from plaque and food debris, tartar can form ad demineralization can occur. This will cause long-lasting white spots to appear on the teeth.
Produce a whiter outcome – Patients who practice good oral hygiene will benefit from a brighter and whiter smile once the braces come off.
Make sure treatment is finished on time – Neglecting your oral hygiene can result in gum disease, dental cavities, tooth decay, or broken brackets and wires. Each of these can slow your orthodontic treatment.
Provide a positive orthodontic experience – Lastly, keeping your teeth healthy during your orthodontic treatment will make braces a more positive experience.
Caring for Your Teeth While Wearing Braces
Below are a few tips on how to properly care for your oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment:
Floss regularly – We know that flossing with orthodontic treatment can include a few extra steps, but it’s incredibly important. Please floss daily.
Visit the dentist – You should still be keeping your regular dental cleaning and checkup appointments here at SpringRock Dental. We’ll be able to spot any potential problems early on.
Know the warning signs – Lastly, you should know the warning signs of a problem. These signs include tooth sensitivity, toothaches, tooth discoloration, and red, swollen, or bleeding gum tissue.