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During your treatment with braces, you may experience irritation of the gums and cheeks caused by your orthodontic appliance. This irritation can cause discomfort and set the stage for inflammation or infection of the gums, which can lead to periodontal disease. Antibacterial mouthwash helps your mouth to heal from minor problems such as sores, cheek bites, and gum injuries to improve your comfort during orthodontic treatment. Mouthwash also reduces the amount of bacteria in your mouth to lower your risk of infection and freshen your breath. To use antibacterial mouthwash properly, rinse with two teaspoons of mouthwash up to four times a day after brushing your teeth to relieve pain and promote healing.
Antibacterial mouthwash is just one component of a good oral hygiene routine while you’re wearing braces. You can learn more about cleaning your teeth and maintaining your orthodontic appliance from Dr. John A. Dorsch of Creekwood Orthodontics. Schedule your next appointment with us by calling (888) 828-4419 or clicking on our web contact form.
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During your treatment with braces, it’s important to maintain a regular routine of daily oral care. Flossing removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If you are having trouble flossing or brushing with your braces, talk to your orthodontist for assistance.
Use a Floss Threader
A floss threader makes it easier to insert floss beneath the archwire of your braces. To use a floss threader, pull one end of your floss through the eye. Next, slide the floss threader beneath your archwire, angling the point down if you are flossing your upper teeth and up if you are flossing your lower teeth. Slide the threader all the way through the archwire, then pull one end of the floss through to the other side and floss normally. Repeat this process for every pair of teeth.
Use Waxed Floss or Tape
Regular dental floss may be difficult to maneuver comfortably between sore teeth. Additionally, as your teeth move during treatment, the spaces between them may grow or shrink. Consider using a product such as waxed floss or flossing tape. These products will slide between your teeth more easily, causing less irritation. Regardless of the product you choose, make sure to floss daily for the best results.
Floss Your Child’s Teeth
Young children may have trouble flossing with braces. Instead of allowing your child to struggle, try flossing for him to ensure it is done properly. Have your child sit at a height that allows you to reach his mouth comfortably. Letting him watch a television show or listen to music while you floss can make the process easier.
Caring for your teeth while wearing braces will ensure that your smile is healthy and bright when your treatment is complete. If you have questions about brushing, flossing, or any other aspect of your orthodontic care, contact Dr. John A. Dorsch of Creekwood Orthodontics by calling (888) 828-4419. Visit us on the web to find out how we can make sure your braces experience is a positive one.
Last updated 11 days ago
Cleaning between your teeth helps to prevent cavities and gum disease that can threaten the results of your orthodontic treatment. An interdental brush may make cleaning between your teeth easier while wearing braces.
Use an interdental brush to clear away plaque from between your teeth before brushing. Interdental brushes are available in a variety of sizes and designs, so ask your orthodontist which type is best for you. You can often curve the bristles of your brush to help you clean hard-to-reach gaps. Check out this video to learn more about using your interdental brush for effective daily oral care.
Orthodontic treatment is a positive step towards a healthy and beautiful smile. You can learn more about your braces options in Kansas City and Liberty by calling Creekwood Orthodontics at (888) 828-4419. You can learn more about Dr. John A. Dorsch on our website.
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Although your braces are designed for durability, problems can sometimes occur during orthodontic treatment. If you encounter a problem with your braces, call your orthodontist’s office for more information. In many cases, you can solve a braces problem on your own without the need for an office visit.
Pain or Discomfort
Braces may cause pain or discomfort in the teeth, jaws, gums, or cheeks. Discomfort is most common following an adjustment of your braces. This pain is temporary and will abate within a few days. Take an over-the-counter pain medication to ease sore teeth and jaws. Eat soft foods for a few days until you feel more comfortable chewing harder foods. If your braces are causing irritation of the cheeks or gums, cover any offending wires or brackets with orthodontic wax.
If you break or loosen your braces, call your orthodontist’s office to schedule an appointment. Although this is not considered an emergency, waiting too long to have to problem addressed can affect your treatment time or increase your risk of cavities. Use orthodontic wax to keep any loose parts in place whenever possible. If a broken wire is protruding and cannot be bent back into place, use a pair of nail clippers to remove excess wire and cover the remainder with orthodontic wax.
Lost or Damaged Invisalign Aligner
If you damage or lose an Invisalign aligner, it’s best to check with your orthodontist to find out how you should proceed. If you were near the end of your aligner’s two-week period, your orthodontist may recommend advancing to the next aligner. In cases where an aligner was lost within the first few days of use, you can wear the previous aligner until a replacement can be ordered.
If you experience a problem with your braces, call Dr. John A. Dorsch of Creekwood Orthodontics at (888) 828-4419. We offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages at our two East Missouri locations. Browse through our blog for more tips on adjusting to your braces and solving common problems during treatment.
Last updated 17 days ago
If you’ve never been to an orthodontic office before, you probably have some questions about what you should expect. You can prepare for your visit by compiling a list of any medical conditions you have, as some conditions can affect your oral health. The orthodontist will also need to see a list of any medications or supplements you take. Additionally, be sure to bring your insurance information and a list of questions you have about orthodontic treatment.
During your appointment, the orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth. You will likely have X-rays or impressions made of your teeth. After determining your unique needs, the orthodontist will discuss your type of malocclusion with you and provide a detailed plan for your proposed treatment. He or she will also discuss the different types of braces available to you.
Dr. John A. Dorsch of Creekwood Orthodontics invites new patients to his offices and welcomes questions about orthodontic treatment. You can contact our orthodontic offices in Kansas City, Liberty, and Cameron, MO, by calling (888) 828-4419 today.