Here at Garlock Orthodontics, we know that wearing braces can make it more difficult to practice proper oral hygiene habits. Brackets and wires can accumulate food debris and bacteria and can block areas that need to be cleaned. Because of this, it’s even more important to follow the at-home hygiene tips provided to you by Dr. Garlock.
Importance of Dental Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment
You can lessen the risk of developing common dental problems during orthodontic treatment by taking a few extra measures to ensure good oral hygiene. These extra efforts can also:
- Reduce demineralization – Demineralization leaves long-lasting white marks on the teeth and can occur if you aren’t properly protecting your teeth from plaque and tartar. This means brushing and flossing every day!
- Make sure treatment is completed on time – If you don’t care for your teeth during orthodontic treatment, you may develop gum disease, dental cavities, and broken brackets. Each of these can prolong your treatment.
- Produce a whiter outcome – Lastly, if you’re brushing after each meal, flossing daily, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist and orthodontist regularly, you will enjoy a straight, white, and beautiful smile once the braces come off!
Here at Garlock Orthodontics, your braces and oral health are our top priority. We want you to have a positive experience with your orthodontic treatment. For more tips or to make an appointment, please contact our Aurora, Colorado orthodontic office today.