The skilled team at Pearlfection Dentistry can help you get to your best smile with orthodontics in Urbana, MD. The benefits of straight teeth and a beautiful smile will follow you through the rest of your life, and we are happy to be part of your smile transformation. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, read about white spot lesions and how to prevent them.
What are white lesions?
When you have traditional braces, there is a risk of white lesions forming around the brackets if you're not cleaning your teeth well. Plaque can accumulate around the perimeter of the bracket, causing demineralization, or an early form of tooth decay. When you have orthodontics in Urbana, MD, taking great care of your teeth makes all the difference in preventing white lesions and early tooth decay.
Preventing white lesions around brackets
Some orthodontists apply sealants to teeth before braces to protect the teeth. Whether you have sealants or not, regular brushing and flossing will be your best defense against white lesions forming. When you have braces, your orthodontist will recommend brushing two to three times a day for two minutes at a time. You should floss at least once a day every day. It takes time to maneuver floss around brackets and wires but if you take the time to remove all debris from around the brackets, you're preventing the buildup of plaque that leads to demineralization.
Flossing with braces can be difficult and time-consuming, so you might want to invest in a water flosser. Water flossers use a pulsating stream of water to floss hard-to-reach areas and this can make a huge difference in flossing around brackets and wires. Your dentist may also recommend adding a fluoride rinse to your hygiene routine for extra defense against tooth decay.
At Pearlfection Dentistry, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD (Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon), Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani. love to see smiles transformed and lives improved by orthodontics. Contact us for an appointment with an orthodontist in Urbana, MD, at (301) 831-8303.