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Oral Hygiene

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Now that your braces are in place, it is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout the length of your treatment. Braces, wires, bands and retainers can all trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing, preferably after every meal and snack, is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.

Brushing while Wearing Braces

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth three times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces. Please us a soft bristle toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste without whitening.

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner

*We will provide you with orthodontic toothbrushes throughout treatment.

Flossing while Wearing Braces

Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day. We recommend flossing at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed.

Use a reusable floss threader to floss under your archwire. Pull a length of floss from the dispenser through the threader, and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. Use care around your archwire, and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it. We will provide you with floss threaders.

Using an Interdental Toothbrush

An interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush is used to clean underneath and around your archwires and braces. Please use the interdental toothbrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The interdental toothbrush is on the handle side of the toothbrushes that we provide.

Topical Fluoride

The Fluoride  kills bacteria and replaces minerals in the tooth enamel that have been removed by harmful acids. Using a fluoride gel does not replace daily brushing and flossing, but it should be applied following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of the gel on a toothbrush, and apply it to your teeth for one minute. Then spit it out. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes afterward. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating, drinking or rinsing.

Cleaning Your Retainer or Removable Appliance

Food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth.  Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule.  We recommend  a separate harder bristle toothbrush than you use on your teeth.  We may recommend a topical fluoride gel for some patients while other patients we may recommend getting fluoride by not rinsing after brushing your teeth.

Berro Orthodontics

  • Los Alamitos - 3662 Katella Ave., Suite 200, Los Alamitos, CA 90720 Phone: 562-598-3333
  • Chino Hills - 3233 Grand Ave., Suite E, Chino Hills, CA 91709 Phone: 909-628-7100

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