Care of Braces
Taking Care of Your Appliances
Broken or damaged brackets and appliances can lengthen treatment time. A broken bracket is one that moves on the archwire. If the bracket is not attached to your tooth, it is broken and providing no physical movement of your tooth. Your teeth and/or jaw can only move into the correct position only if your appliances, brackets, bands, rubber bands or headgears are attached correctly and worn as your orthodontist has recommended.
Brushing and Flossing Your Teeth with Braces
When you have braces it is very important to brush and floss after every meal in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment. Proper brushing technique is of vital importance to prevent your gums from being irritated and becoming infected. If you need help choosing the correct toothbrush or toothpaste please ask us. Remember, electric toothbrushes are a great way to keep your gums and teeth healthy! Many patients choose clear orthodontic aligners due to the ability to remove them so home care is simplified.