If you (or your child) are pursuing orthodontic treatment, that decision likely was motivated by a desire to improve your smile’s appearance. So, don’t you want to be sure that you minimize the presence of unsightly plaque.
Not only is plaque unattractive, it also contains oral bacteria that can detract from the smile in other ways, causing cavities, gum disease and—in advanced cases—tooth loss.
Patients who wear braces need to take extra care to keep plaque at bay, as the appliances can create challenges to a standard oral hygiene routine.
As such, you should discuss a plan for adequate oral hygiene with your orthodontist at the beginning of your treatment—before the braces are even affixed to your teeth. Ask your orthodontist what tools and techniques you will need to effectively keep your teeth clear of plaque.
Your braces restrict access to the gumline, where plaque tends to collect, so you will need to use a floss threader in order to floss properly during orthodontic treatment. Patients with braces also may want to consider an electric toothbrush, which can be more effective at removing plaque.
Of course, while you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, be sure to keep your semi-annual appointments with your dentist, too. These professional cleanings are particularly important when you are wearing braces, as they too help to reduce the presence of plaque in your mouth.
If all of these extra steps seem like a hassle to you, it may be worthwhile to consider an alternative to conventional braces. Invisalign achieves the same treatment outcomes as braces but with less disruption to your day to day routine, including oral health self-care.
Invisalign straightens the teeth using removable trays rather than brackets and wires. With Invisalign, patients brush and floss just like normal. As an added bonus, the trays are made of clear plastic, so no one will even realize you’re getting orthodontic treatment!
Be sure to take extra care to minimize the presence of plaque during your orthodontic treatment. If you expect that to be a challenge with conventional braces, consider Invisalign as an alternative.
Contact our experienced orthodontic team for more tips for a successful orthodontic treatment. Call 210-921-9191 today.