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Dental Hygiene

Orthodontic treatment is an important investment and we want to you to have the best results possible.  Good oral hygiene is important before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
Good oral hygiene includes taking care of your teeth and gums. Careful brushing after eating and flossing at least once a day to remove trapped food particles and plaque is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

TIPS FOR EVERYONE

Everyone, not just orthodontic patients, should pay special attention to cleaning their teeth. If teeth are not cleaned on a regular basis, permanent damage to the teeth may occur. Regular check-ups with a dental professional are recommended.
 
Most of us are well aware that sugary foods and drinks can have negative effects on health, but many of us don't pay attention to how they can lead to tooth decay. Starchy foods, such as potato chips, can stick to teeth for long periods of time causing tooth decay. Sodas can be especially hard on teeth because they may contain sugar (increasing the risk of developing cavities) and acidic flavor additives, which may weaken tooth enamel. Diet sodas are just as damaging as regular sodas at weakening tooth enamel.

Saliva protects you from tooth decay. Saliva washes away acids that form after eating and drinking. It is good to drink plenty of water. Remember, bottled water may not contain fluoride.

BRACES-FRIENDLY DIET & HABITS

Some foods may loosen, break or bend wires and bands when you are wearing braces. Avoid hard foods such as nuts and hard cookies. Foods such as apples and carrots should be chopped into small pieces before eating to reduce the stress on your braces. Also avoid sticky foods such as caramels, toffees, muesli or fruit bars. We recommend avoiding chewing gum during your orthodontic treatment.
Some habits may interfere with orthodontic treatment. Nail biting, tongue thrusting, pen or pencil chewing and nervous picking at orthodontic wires may break braces. If you do break your braces, be sure to make an appointment with us immediately.

BRUSHING AND FLOSSING

Our staff will review brushing and flossing with you at the time of your appointment. Please feel free to contact us at 704-375-7005 if you have any questions.

BEFORE YOU START:

Have a soft compact toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and waxed floss available and remove elastics.

BRUSHING:

  •    Place a soft brush at a 45 degree angle against the gums. Using a small circular motion, gently brush  along the gum line where the gums and the teeth meet.
  •    Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Make sure you brush under the wires.
  •    Brush above and below each bracket. Spend at least 10 seconds on each tooth.
  •    Brush the tongue side surface of the teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth.
  •    When brushing the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
  •    Spit out the toothpaste.
  •    Closely examine your teeth and braces in the mirror to make sure they are clean and shiny.

FLOSSING:

  1. Consider using a flossing aid such as a floss threader or stiff end pre-cut floss. Some flossing aids made specifically for use with braces, such as pre thread orthodontic flossers, should be used with caution to make sure brackets are not knocked off.
  2. When using standard waxed floss, use about 18 inches of floss at each flossing.
  3. Place the pointed end of the floss or threader under the archwire between brackets and pull the floss through so that the floss is between the teeth and the archwire.
  4. Once the floss is inserted, gently move the floss with an up and own motion between your teeth. Make sure you floss on each side of your mouth. Do this at least two to three times for each tooth using a fresh section each time to ensure maximum effectiveness.
  5. Floss all teeth, including upper and lower teeth as well as front and rear ones.
  6. After flossing, rinse your mouth out with either water or fluoride mouthwash to remove particles left behind.
  7. Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before bedtime to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Contact Us

1404 Beatties Ford Rd
Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28216
Directions

 

Telephone: (704) 375-7005

Fax: (704) 375-7030

Please call to schedule an appointment.

 

Monday       8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesdays    8:30AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Thursday     8:30AM - 5:00PM


Visits are by appointment only.