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FAQs

Frequently asked questions

You’ve likely got some questions if you’re considering or undergoing orthodontic treatment. Here’s the answers to some of the more common questions we get asked. But get in contact with us if you have others not answered here.

  • What is orthodontics?
  • What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
  • How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or retainers?
  • My gums are bleeding or swollen, what should I do?
  • How do I floss when I wear braces?
  • Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialised form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?

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.

How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or retainers?

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.

My gums are bleeding or swollen, what should I do?

Bleeding and sore gums are a sign your oral hygiene needs some improvement. Take time and care when brushing, following the instructions we provide you.  And please let us know at your next visit and we’ll go over the steps with you.

How do I floss when I wear braces?

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.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

With braces, you should brush your teeth morning, evening and after every meal to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get between your braces where the brush isn’t able to reach.

Do you have more questions?

Contact the team at Orthodontix and we’d be happy to answer them for you.

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