How Poor Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment Hurts Your Teeth
Oral hygiene is important for everyone, but it’s especially vital during orthodontic treatment. While braces or clear aligners are excellent for correcting your teeth or bite, they’re also magnets for particles of food, resulting in tartar buildup and plaque. That means you need to up your brushing and flossing regimen.
Plaque can lead to a variety of serious problems, such as:
White spots on your teeth
Loss of teeth
When plaque collects around braces or clear aligners, it leaves permanent stains on your teeth. This is called decalcification, and those lines and spots will stick around on your teeth for life. Not only that, but plaque can also react with sugars and starches in your food to form an acid that eats away at the enamel on your teeth, leading to cavities.
If left unchecked, a buildup of plaque can lead to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease happens in three stages.
Stage 1: Plaque irritates your gums, causing swelling and bleeding. This is known as gingivitis.
Stage 2: Over time, the plaque that’s built up may harden into a substance called tartar. As tartar forms, it leads to a condition called periodontitis. Periodontintis creates a gap between your gums and teeth—where even more tartar can form.
Stage 3: Pockets of bacteria deepen under your gums, destroying the bone your teeth anchor to. Eventually, this will loosen even healthy teeth until they fall out.
As scary as this all sounds, with some simple practices, you can avoid them all. It just means cleaning your teeth a bit more thoroughly than usual and following the dietary guidelines your orthodontist sets. Having some specialized tools won’t hurt, either.
Forming good habits will keep your teeth and gums healthy. Habits such as:
Brushing teeth immediately after eating
Using the proper techniques for brushing with braces or clear aligners
Rinsing vigorously with water
By taking the right precautions, you’ll keep your teeth and gums in pristine condition and ensure that your orthodontic treatment gives you the healthiest smile possible.
The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Once you get braces or clear aligners, you, your orthodontist, and your family dentist should become a close-knit team. You all want the same thing—for you to have a healthy jaw with beautiful, straight, white teeth.
At Moshiri Orthodontics, once our patients have their braces or clear aligners on, our clinical assistants sit down with them to go over proper oral hygiene. We even supply all of our patients with free hygiene kits while going through orthodontic treatment.
We also give out smile rewards points to patients who follow healthy habits. You can use those points to buy cool prizes, making oral hygiene a fun, rewarding process.
Plus, right now, we’re doing a Summer Smiles Campaign to award a lucky patient $300 cash just for sharing their oral hygiene selfies with us on social media!
By practicing the best oral hygiene, you’ll get the best possible results from your orthodontic treatment. Trust us: you’ll be glad you did when you can smile with pride, flashing those healthy white teeth.
(And did we mention the prizes? Don’t forget those!)