Know Your Braces

  1. Kindly check the videos for brushing technique demonstrations.
    Cleaning Your Braces
    A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

  2. Antibacterial Mouthwash
    Chlorhexidine, an antiseptic,antiplaque mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Chlorhexidine helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of chlorhexidine (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use chlorhexidine up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Chlorhexidine can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

  3. Topical Fluoride
    Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces 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 and 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 or drinking.

  4. Cleaning Your Removable Appliance
    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 Fittydent, 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.

Understanding your Brases

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