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Braces and Me

boy bracesOnce your braces are placed, your orthodontic treatment involves a specifically designed series and sequence of return visits for the continued application of gentle pressures on your teeth.

This personalized prescription of appointments is very important to maintain a forward progression of treatment to reach the final result in the estimated time frame.

All appointments in the sequence are important. Some are brief to evaluate expected changes, some advance wire size, others apply new force systems (e.g. rubber bands), while at certain times new equipment must be placed.

Appointment interruptions (missed, broken, late, or rescheduled) always slow the progress of your treatment. Patients with the best attendance in their treatment sequences and the fewest interruptions experience the finest results.

KEEP Regular Dental Checkups

Although you are having your braces checked regularly, it is important to continue to see your family dentist at least every six months for a thorough examination and cleaning of your teeth. If you experience difficulty with good oral hygiene, you might need to see your dentist more frequently.

Brush, Floss, and Rinse

Brush after every meal or at least three times a day. Don't rush and for extra help, use your Tooth Brushing Instruction Card provided at your first visit.

Keeping your braces clean helps the "doors" on your braces to open and close more easily, keeps your teeth from getting "white scars" (decalcification) and keeps your gums healthy!

Floss every evening before bed.   It may take a while to get the hang of it.  We provide you with several tools to help make the process easier. 

Rinse with the mouth rinse that is low in alcohol content and be sure to use it every night for health teeth and gums.

 

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