Good oral hygiene is paramount before, during and after orthodontic treatment. A good dentist or orthodontist will not carry out braces treatment if the patient has poor oral hygiene and/or gum disease.
It is normally recommended that a patient sees a hygienist every 3-6 months whilst they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is to ensure that the teeth, gums and orthodontic appliance are being cleaned well.
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes three times per day ideally with an electric tooth brush. We normally recommend a Phillips sonicare tooth brush or an Oral B 5000 – these are both shown below.
Use tepe interdental brushes to clean those difficult places to reach between the teeth.
Use a disclosing solution/tablet prior to brushing to show up where the plaque is sitting.
Use a fluoride based mouth wash.
Consider the use of a Phillips air floss.
Consider the use of a water pik device.
All the above are very useful in maintaining a healthy oral hygiene. It is still recommended to see your hygienist a couple of times a year so they can ensure you are orally healthy. To book your hygiene appointment please do not hesitate to call us today.