Caring For Your Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment

Brushing & Flossing Wirth BracesBecause braces and other orthodontic treatments can make it difficult to practice good oral hygiene, your risk for dental problems increases. Brackets and wires can accumulate food particles, and can block areas that need to be flossed or brushed. This makes it even more important to follow the at-home dental hygiene instructions given to you by Dr. Rhoda Lockett here at Lockett Orthodontics. If you neglect your oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, you become more vulnerable to dental cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis.

The Importance Of Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Common dental problems during orthodontic treatment can be avoided by taking extra measures to ensure good oral hygiene standards. This extra effort can:

  • Ensure your treatment is completed on time – If you neglect your oral hygiene, you could suffer from gum disease, tooth decay, or broken brackets. Each of these can slow down your treatment.
  • Reduce demineralization – If you don’t protect your teeth from plaque and tartar, demineralization can occur. This can leave long-lasting white marks on your teeth
  • Produce a whiter, brighter outcome – Patients who do their best to brush after each meal, floss at least once a day, use mouthwash, and visit the dentist regularly will enjoy whiter and brighter teeth once the braces come off!
  • Ensure a painless, positive experience – Keeping your teeth healthy throughout your treatment will allow you to experience braces without pain and aches caused by sensitivity and tooth decay.

How To Care For Your Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment

Below are a few tips on how to make sure your experience with braces won’t hinder your dental health:

  • Floss regularly – Flossing is not optional when it comes to braces. We understand that flossing with braces can add an extra step, but we promise that the payoff is worth it. If you feel like you’re struggling with flossing, please let us know. We at Lockett Orthodontics can help you learn how to master this skill.
  • Visit the dentist every six months – Dentists and hygienists are trained to identify issues when they’re still small and easy to treat. Keeping your six-month checkups can help you stay on top of your dental health and put a stop to problems before they may even begin.
  • Know the warning signs – If you begin to notice tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures or sugary foods, please let Dr. Lockett know. Additionally, keep your eye out for toothaches, swollen or bleeding gums, and tooth discoloration. These can be signs of tooth decay and gum disease.

Here at Lockett Orthodontics, it’s important to us that your oral hygiene is protected during your orthodontic treatment. For more tips on caring for your teeth or to make an appointment with Dr. Lockett, please contact our Colorado Springs, CO orthodontic office.

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