Taking care of oral hygiene is no easy task. It can be hard to know how to brush, floss and keep your mouth clean with braces. It can still be hard even after orthodontic treatment is completed. But with the best orthodontics in Las Vegas, Simister Orthodontics can help you learn how to take care of your teeth, with or without braces.
Here’s what patients should expect at one of our personalized oral hygiene consultations.
What should I do before the consultation?
Prior to our oral hygiene consultations, study up on some of our tips and tricks (below) for good oral hygiene.
Already know all the basics?
Some of them may seem pretty obvious, but it is important to brush up on what what we will be talking about during the consultation.
If you think you may be interested in setting up some orthodontic work or oral dental surgery, be prepared to schedule an additional appointment for the future so we can best plan how to get treatment started.
Additionally, if you have prior tooth decay, history of infection or other dental hygiene issues, be prepared to discuss those issues as well, and how to best keep the them at bay.
If you have any questions, our oral hygiene consultations will be the perfect time to discuss those concerns.
What should I bring?
When coming to an oral hygiene consultation, please provide any of the following for convenience:
- Prior dental records
- Any panoramic X-ray taken in the past six months
- Your insurance card, if you have orthodontic insurance.
What should I expect during the consultation?
With the best orthodontics in Las Vegas, patients can always expect the highest quality of care possible.
During the consultation expect to learn a specialized approach for you, to the following:
- How to brush between braces and keep them clean while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
- How to combat gum irritation using various methods like mouthwashes and rinses.
- Ways to fight tooth decay, before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
- How to clean removable appliances, like retainers, bridges or dentures.
For more details on each of these categories, visit our oral hygiene page.
Additionally, if you are in need of oral dental surgery, expect to talk about treatment options.
What is oral dental surgery?
Oral surgery corrects a difference in the size, position or shape of either of the jaws that is noticeable and cannot be treated by orthodontics alone. When combined with orthodontic treatment, oral surgery can help patients significantly and correct any irregularities.
Want to follow up?
After the oral hygiene consultation, you may decide that you want to follow up with our orthodontist, or set up another appointment to talk about orthodontic work or oral dental surgery.
Oral Hygiene Tips For During & After Braces
So you’ve visited our family orthodontics office and are on your way to a straighter smile; but don’t forget that it is important to make sure your teeth stay healthy and white all along the way. Simister Orthodontics offers oral hygiene consultations to help keep your teeth healthy, happy, and sparkling. Below are a few of the suggested tips we have for each of our patients, feel free to contact us for a more personalized approach with our oral hygiene consultations.
Brush Between the Lines
Cleaning your teeth with braces can be a tricky experience. However, using an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush will make the experience easier. We recommend using a Proxabrush to clean underneath and around your wires and braces; it is a great tool to help clean the braces and maintain healthy teeth and gums underneath. Make sure to use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires.
During the first few days of having your braces on the gums may experience some mild irritation. To reduce discomfort, we recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash.
Peroxyl is a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse that helps reduce inflammation to the gums and cheeks. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on the skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. It can be used for general irritation caused by braces, or for canker sores, cheek bites, and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.
To use, rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed.
Keep the Tooth Decay at Bay
In order to keep your teeth healthy and strong while wearing braces, we recommend using Phos-Flur. Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while wearing braces. It works by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids.
The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing, but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute, then spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur; it is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating, drinking, or rinsing.
Clean Your Removable Appliance
What’s a removable appliance?
A removable appliance includes all types of retainers, bridges, dentures, or any other items that are temporarily worn inside the mouth, and removed at different times of the day or night.
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth.
Soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent, or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.
It is the goal of Dr. Simister, Dr. Leaver and our experienced, family orthodontics staff to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. In addition to these tips, we offer oral hygiene consultations for our patients, contact us for more information. We look forward to seeing your pearly whites.