Orthodontics is a specialised form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
Early treatment usually means better outcomes and we recommend your child first visit us between 6 and 8 years of age. But we help people of all ages make orthodontic improvements with great results.
For best results we recommend you brush each morning, after meals and at night.
It’s important to brush thoroughly for at least three minutes and use fluoride toothpaste. A toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles is best and electric toothbrushes are highly recommended. Use a travel brush when you’re not at home. If you’re not able to brush after meals, rinse your mouth well with water.
We also recommend visiting your dentist for 6 monthly check ups.
Flossing takes more time with braces however, with a little effort you can keep gums healthy and help prevent decalcification. We’ll provide you with a special floss with a stiffened end to help thread the floss under the arch wire. It’s also available from most supermarkets and chemists.
1.Thread the floss under the arch wire. Pull the floss between the teeth and pull both loose ends against one tooth. Slide the floss back and forth and extend below the gumline. Remember you are cleaning the side of the tooth.
2. Slide the floss up to clear the gum and pull to the opposing tooth to floss the same way.
3. Before you pull the floss out completely, you can use the fluffy part to wrap around the bracket and easily remove plaque that brushing may have missed.
4. Repeat this procedure in between each tooth all the way to the back teeth.