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Orthodontics and dental hygiene
A priori, there is an opposition between the orthodontic appliance and dental hygiene . Indeed, braces and other types of appliances can promote the accumulation of dental plaque, and make it harder to clean your teeth . But in parallel, the orthodontic treatment imposes an extraordinarily regular monitoring. The practitioner and has an influence on the control of plaque by the children teaching them a good brushing technique and monitoring its implementation.
Overall, children which are not in orthodontic treatment and do not go to the dentist once or twice a year, usually are moniteres less than orthodontic patients that are seen on average every two months or even sometimes every four weeks.
We can therefore repeat the hygiene message many times and really teach them proper brushing techniques. Then when they come to really master the oral hygiene techniques , There are no worries for braced teeth . This is an advantage because even after treatment They usually keep their good habits and will maintain their mouth better than others children .
In the end, what seemed a technical risk for the dental hygiene turns into an advantage. We advise all our patients followed in orthodontics to continue to see their dentist for cleanings every six months.
First, the toothbrush is required. Brushing helps remove food debris mechanically. We suggest to start brushing with a wet brush without toothpaste and put the toothpaste in for a second round of brushing.
Electric or manual? You can get a very good result in both cases. Some people find it more convenient to use an electric brush than others, it depends. In contrast, manual toothbrush has the advantage of being carried anywhere and can be easily used at noon after lunch. And why not use both depending on the time of day?
There are additional tools that can be used by people who wear braces such as small interdental brushes that allow to clean under the wires, or a water irrigator as "water pik" which allows cleaning around braces and massaging the gums with a water jet pressure.
Finally, there is a very interesting tool called a plaque revelator. Available in pharmacies, the liquid selectively stains plaque dental , Which allows for a better identification of the areas to brush and better plaque elimination. It can be used before brushing, or after to control the quality of your brushing once a week for example.