Orthodontics FAQs

Brushing With Orthodontics

Be sure to brush your teeth right after every meal and before you go to bed. It's best to use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight cavities. Your orthodontist may prescribe a fluoride mouth rinse to help prevent cavities. Try to brush like this:

  • Start by brushing the outside of each tooth at least 10 times.
  • Then brush where your gums and teeth meet, using a circular motion.
  • Brush the inside surface of each tooth at least 10 times too.
  • Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth last.

Do I continue to see my dentist for regular visits during orthodontic treatment?

Yes, you will need to continue to see your dentist for regular checkups.

Eating Tips With Orthodontics

While you are wearing braces, you can eat almost all of your favorite foods. Please stay away from these troublemakers:

  • Sticky foods like gum, taffy and caramels
  • Hard foods like apples and carrots (cut them into pieces)
  • Crunchy foods like corn chips, popcorn and nuts
  • Sweet foods like cake, cookies and candy

Flossing With Orthodontics

Because your toothbrush won't reach between your teeth, brushing alone won't keep your teeth clean and healthy. Flossing can help. A floss threader, available from us or a pharmacy, helps you floss with braces on. Floss once a day, like this:

  1. Thread floss through the threader and slip it up behind your archwire.
  2. Pull the floss between two teeth and up under your gum margins.
  3. Rinse with lots of clean water, and watch your teeth and braces sparkle!

Fluoride Use For Orthodontics

Use a fluoridated toothpaste. Your orthodontist may prescribe a fluoride rinse if necessary.

How long do I have to wear my retainers?

For the first year you need to wear them all day and all night. After that, retainer wear depends on your individual treatment and the difficulty in holding the teeth in your corrected position.

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