Proper Oral Hygiene
Fixed orthodontic appliances make tooth brushing and flossing more difficult. On the day your appliances are placed, we will spend a considerable amount of time teaching you how to brush and floss with your new hardware. The greatest reward for maintaining excellent oral hygiene will be your beautiful, healthy smile at the completion of your orthodontic treatment.
Poor oral hygiene results in decalcification of the enamel (permanent white scars which are the early stages of decay), and once decalcification appears it is NOT REVERSIBLE!! That is why prevention is so important.
In addition to decalcification, patients with poor oral hygiene are also at risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and bone loss around the roots of the teeth. Our team is particularly concerned with good oral hygiene so when your appliances are removed, your smile will be radiant! Remember to keep regular dental appointments for cleanings while your appliances are in place!