If you have an orthodontic appliance in your mouth, like braces, keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine is very important.

An oral hygiene routine should be performed every day, and it should involve brushing your teeth every morning and every night, flossing your teeth once a day, and using a fluoride treatment or mouth wash daily. When you have braces, thoroughly cleaning your teeth can be extremely difficult, and Dr. Lala and Dr. Metcalf will give you specific instructions on ways to deeply clean your mouth. Throughout the day, we ask that you brush your teeth after every meal and every snack. This is very important because it keeps your teeth healthy and strong while they continue to transform. We also suggest keeping a toothbrush with you at all times and brushing your teeth throughout the day when you have the chance. When you do this, your toothbrush will wear out fast, which is normal, and we recommend replacing it often.

When you complete your orthodontic treatment, our team at Blog will give you a retainer that you will need to frequently wear. When you wear the retainer, it will get very dirty, and we suggest cleaning it every day. You can clean it by placing it into a mouthwash rinse or into a denture cleaner. We also ask that you keep it from hot temperatures.

If you would like more details about oral hygiene in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, call our office now and talk to your orthodontist!