It is important to take care of your appliances as otherwise it can increase your treatment time. Also, your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you regularly wear the rubber bands, retainer, or other appliances as prescribed by your doctor.
We recommend you brush your teeth at least 3 times a day with braces or as often as each time after you eat. Brushing regularly will help to remove the food that gets caught between your braces and helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should floss at least once a day. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
Great news for athletics! You can still play sports even while undergoing orthodontic treatment! We recommend you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces. Let us know if you need help finding the right mouth guard for the best protection.
In case of a sports emergency, immediately check your mouth for damage. If you notice any loose teeth or appliance damage, please contact our office right away. You can temporarily relieve the discomfort by applying wax or rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater.
We recommend that you continue seeing your dentist every 6 months for routine dental check ups and cleanings. If you are unable to keep your teeth clean, you may need more frequent visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning. Also, if extra care is needed, our office will help coordinate with your dentist.