Oral hygiene is THE most important aspect of your treatment. Brushing your teeth and gums carefully and conscientiously, will help maintain good oral health during your orthodontic treatment – if you fail to keep to a precise cleaning regime, you may end up with:
- White marks on your teeth (decalcification or decay marks)
- Gum disease (bleeding/swollen infected gums). Teeth move more slowly when the gums are infected.
Our staff will show you how to brush and floss your teeth correctly. It is important that you:
- Brush after every meal, but especially before and after school / work, and before bed.
- Take your time to do a good job and ensure you have removed any excess food and plaque.
- Floss your teeth daily if you can.
- You may also use a mouth rinse in addition to your tooth brushing, to help keep your teeth healthy.
- Apply the Tooth Mousse we gave you, every night after you’ve brushed your teeth (leave it there to work). This will lessen the chance of tooth decay marks (decalcification) by trying to recalcify your teeth.
Decay marks & gum infections are totally avoidable if your oral hygiene is good