Oral Hygiene and Braces
Orthodontic Care in Morristown, NJ
Arvay Orthodontics is proud to offer top quality orthodontic care to the Morristown, NJ area. With treatments including metal braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, Invisalign and Invisalign teen aligners, we have the treatment you need to craft your perfect smile. But what do you do once your orthodontic appliance is in place? We know that, while wearing braces, it may be difficult to maintain the same level of oral hygiene maintained before the placement of your orthodontic appliance. But at Arvay Orthodontics we want you to know that oral hygiene during orthodontic care is even more important than before you had braces.
Brushing and Flossing
When you have metal or ceramic braces, you want to be sure to use a soft-bristle or a bi-level brush. You can also use an electric toothbrush, but only if you are careful! The vibrations of the brush can cause damage to the brackets and braces if they come into close contact.
Every tooth surface should be brushed: the outside, the inside and the chewing surfaces as well. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste, and brush at LEAST twice a day. Make sure you reach all the difficult places between the wires and teeth, as well as those between the brackets and gums, because food particles may become lodged in those places.
Special Brushing Tools
To assist with any difficulty you may have cleaning your braces, there are many specialty tools you can use. One of these tools is called a proxabrush and has a small tuft of bristles, similar to a pipe cleaner. You can use this to clean around bands, brackets, and under wires.
Another tool you can utilize is known as a “water pick” or an oral irrigator. This tool shoots a spout of pressurized water at your teeth, and can be used to dislodge any food particles that may become trapped in difficult to reach places.
Even with braces, it is important to floss at least once a day. You can use a tool known as a floss threader to get the floss under your archwire, and clean your teeth. It is similar to threading a needle, as is very easy to use. Be sure to run the floss along the back of the archwire after you have completed your normal flossing motion. If you are interested in any of these helpful tools, ask Dr. Arvay for more information.
Be sure to maintain a healthy mouth before, during, and after your orthodontic treatment to ensure your smile goals are met. If you have any questions or concerns about oral hygiene with braces, any further questions about orthodontic care, or would like to learn more about our services please contact our Morristown, NJ orthodontist and our friendly staff will happy to assist you.