Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene Tips From Your Plano Orthodontist

When you’re looking for an orthodontist in Plano, we at Curry Orthodontics strive to be your premier choice. It’s our goal to help patients of all ages attain the most beautiful smile possible. We accomplish this by offering a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, including several types of braces, in order to help give you a straighter and healthier smile you can be proud of. However, when you wear braces, it becomes even more important to have a good oral hygiene regimen. Because cleaning your teeth with braces can be more complicated, we’d like to give you some tips on how to achieve an optimal level of oral hygiene.

 

Brushing with Braces

While you may be used to brushing twice a day, we recommend that you brush four times a day when you’re wearing braces. This is because your braces contain many crevices where food particles can get trapped and cause plaque to build up. To maintain optimal oral hygiene, you should brush after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and bflossing with bracesefore bed.
 

Flossing with Braces

Flossing daily is normally an important addition to oral hygiene, but even more so with braces. However, it may require a little more care and patience to floss around your braces and wires. You can use a reusable floss threader to slide up and down under your archwire and between your teeth. Make sure not to apply too much pressure against your appliances.
 

Using an Interdental Toothbrush

If you’re having a hard time flossing with dental floss, we recommend using an interdental toothbrush. These brushes are great at getting to hard-to-reach areas between your teeth, under your archwires, and around your braces. Make sure to use it gently to avoid causing any damage to your gums or wires.
 

Rinsing with Mouthwash

To reduce the possibility of infections that can develop from wearing braces, we recommend using a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse after you brush. This can also help with irritations caused by your braces such as bitten cheeks, canker sores, or gum tenderness.
 

Applying Topical Fluoride

Besides your daily brushing and flossing, you can protect yourself even more from tooth decay by applying a small amount of fluoride before bed. This gel is helpful because it will kill bacteria and replenish the minerals in your tooth enamel that may have eroded. For maximum effectiveness, keep it on your teeth for about a minute and then spit it out. You’ll want to refrain from eating or drinking anything for the next 30 minutes.

 
Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

In order to keep your removable orthodontic appliance clean, you’ll need to brush and soak your appliance daily. To soak your appliance, you can use a denture-cleaning tablet in water.
 

Contact Your Plano Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions about proper oral hygiene, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (972) 596-2917. We can’t wait to hear from you and help you attain a more beautiful smile!