Whether you’ve just started orthodontic treatment with OX Orthodontix or have been wearing braces or Invisalign for some time, it’s always important to maintain excellent oral hygiene during the course of your orthodontic treatment to ensure great treatment results. Dr. Selnick and Dr. Hickory, your Clarksville and Ellicott City orthodontists, have some oral hygiene tips for patients wearing braces or Invisalign. Practicing these good habits during orthodontic treatment can help you achieve an improved smile when you complete your treatment!
The Significance Of Excellent Oral Hygiene
But first, why is good oral hygiene important, especially while undergoing orthodontic treatment? Taking good care of your teeth not only gives you an attractive smile, it also protects your smile from dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Taking excellent care of your teeth with braces is sometimes more difficult because of the hindrances brackets and wires pose, so braces wearers are more prone to these dental issues. Invisalign wearers must be disciplined in caring for their teeth as well to prevent dental health problems.
Brushing with Braces
At OX Orthodontix, we specialize in Damon braces which offer more comfort and ease than traditional metal braces. While Damon braces do work wonders for your teeth and smile, their brackets and wires can still trap food particles. If left sitting in your braces, these food particles can cause bacteria to thrive in your mouth, leading to tooth damage. Diligently brushing your teeth after every time you eat will help to avoid accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces.
Additionally, you can use an interdental toothbrush to get tough to reach areas in between teeth and underneath and around archwires and brackets, without damaging your orthodontic appliances.
Flossing with Braces
Flossing with braces can be a challenge, but it is very important to floss daily to reach the spaces in between your teeth that brushing misses. To effectively floss with braces, use a floss threader to bring the floss under your archwire. Make flossing part of your nightly routine, so your teeth are clean before you go to bed.
Brushing and Flossing with Invisalign
While brushing and flossing with Invisalign is just like normally brushing and flossing your teeth since the clear aligners are removable, Invisalign wearers must be vigilant to brush after every meal and floss daily. Food trapped between teeth and your Invisalign aligners can cause tooth decay.
It is also important to keep your Invisalign clear aligners clean. You can do this by brushing your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Get Your Oral Care Supplies At OX Orthodontix
If you need some supplies to get your oral care routine on track, stop by the Ortho Kiosk at our Clarksville and Ellicott City offices for products to help you keep your teeth and orthodontic appliances clean during your treatment. You’ll find items like Shock Doctor mouthguards, Colgate Phos Flur anti-cavity rinse, Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes, and many other products recommended by our orthodontists and staff for good oral hygiene at way below retail prices.
All these products are conveniently available right in our offices for you to pick up when you visit us for an appointment, so maintaining good oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment is easy and convenient.
Contact Your Clarksville and Ellicott City Invisalign Specialist
If you have any questions about oral hygiene for braces and Invisalign wearers, please contact our Ellicott City or Clarksville office. Our friendly staff would be happy to assist you keep your teeth healthy during your orthodontic treatment.
If you’d like to book an appointment to see us for orthodontic treatment at our Clarksville or Ellicott City office, call us or use our online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you!