Smile with "clean" braces

Advice from a Phoenix orthodontics office: Whether you're going through orthodontic treatment or not, brushing and flossing after every meal and snack is the only way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth will need extra care, especially during treatment at our office. Our goal is for you to have a beautiful healthy smile, and in order for us to achieve this good hygiene on your end is very important. Food and particles are known to get trapped by brackets, wires, bands and appliances, and this can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Using a Waterpik is another great way to clean teeth and gums. Here are a few tips to help with keeping your teeth clean and healthy, especially during your orthodontic treatment:

1. Brush after every meal or snack 2. Floss daily to remove trapped food and particles 3. Rinse after eating with mouthwash to kill any bacteria 4. Brush with a fluoride toothpaste & a soft-bristled toothbrush 5. Clean teeth with a proxabrush and/or a waterpik 6. Maintain regular check-ups with your general dentist