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Tips & Tricks From Your Local Corpus Christi, Beeville, & Alice Orthodontists

s-smile1.jpgHere at Star Orthodontics, we know that aligning teeth into healthy, beautiful smiles is only half of the job. It is equally important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep your mouth as clean and free of plaque and harmful bacteria as possible. Whether you have metal braces, clear braces, gold braces or Invisalign, knowing how to take care of your appliances and keep your overall oral health the best it can be is crucially important. Here are some products you can use to help you along the way.

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Topical fluoride found in toothpaste and mouthwash help prevent dental decay in patients of all ages. Daily use of oral hygiene products that contain fluoride is particularly important when undergoing orthodontic treatment because orthodontic appliances make it more difficult to remove harmful plaque and bacteria from the teeth and gums.

We prescribe PreviDent 5000 Plus for all patients for the duration of their orthodontic treatment. PreviDent is a prescription-strength toothpaste that combines the cleaning power of toothpaste with prescription-strength fluoride for better dental protection.

We also recommend that you use a mouthwash that contains fluoride, such as alcohol-free ACT Anti-cavity Fluoride Rinse, to further help protect your enamel.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

Have A Question? Give Us A Call Today!

If you have any additional questions or concerns about maintaining proper oral hygiene, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us by calling (361) 992-2483. We are happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to seeing you in our Corpus Christi-based practice soon!