Montini Orthodontics Ocala FL

Oral Hygiene for Orthodontic Patients

Maintenance Tips for People with Braces

It is very important to keep teeth, gums and appliances absolutely clean throughout your orthodontic treatment. At least once a day, spend a few moments checking your braces or other appliances with a mirror to make sure they are in good shape.

Be sure to schedule regular visits with your general dentist while you wear braces. The dentist needs to continue dental cleanings and monitor for cavities and other dental needs.

Follow the tips below or contact our office for ways to keep your smile healthy and bright.

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It is very important to keep your teeth, gums and appliances absolutely clean throughout your treatment. At least once a day, spend a few moments with a mirror checking the appliances to make sure they are thoroughly clean and in good shape.

When your braces are placed you will be given a packet of aids for dental care while in braces and we will go over instructions thoroughly at that time. You will receive written instructions as well. We have rewards for patients who keep their teeth clean! Brush as often as possible! When you brush, make sure you get under, over, behind and around all surfaces of the teeth and braces. Also, rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing. Use your Proxybrush between teeth, under the wire. Use Phosflur, a fluoride rinse available over the counter at drug stores, every night.

When you floss, insert the floss behind the archwire. Gently clean the sides of your teeth and under your gums with an up-and-down motion. Gently slide the floss out from between the teeth and proceed with the next tooth.

Be sure to schedule regular visits with your general dentist while you wear braces. The dentist needs to continue dental cleanings and monitor for cavities and other dental needs.

Eating
Be careful with your appliances when you eat. For the first few days, soft foods will be the best to eat. Please do not eat anything that is very sticky or chewy. Avoid popcorn, hard chips (like Doritos), pretzels, granola bars, nuts, ice, and all types of gum. Do not bite into anything that is hard or crunchy (pizza crusts, bagels, apples, carrots, etc.). Instead cut these things into little pieces and chew with your back teeth. Take your corn off the cob and cut meat off the bones.