Lakeland Family Dental
A Great Dentist

What tips do you recommend to orthodontic patients?

Many of our patients – particularly our younger patients – are also under the care of an orthodontist. We want to make sure that the process goes as smoothly as possible and that your teeth are in great shape once your braces come off!

Wearing braces needn’t be a cumbersome process – we work closely with your orthodontist to make your orthodontic experience a success.

Just like your teeth, braces and other appliances can build up plaque and tartar. This contributes to dirty-looking braces, bad breath, and damage to your dental enamel. It's unfortunate to see a patient go through the time and effort of wearing braces to have straight, beautiful teeth only to have them marred by damage caused by plaque and tartar build-up.

We recommend twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and a mouthwash rinse to keep your mouth fresh and clean. We also suggest oral hygiene visits every three months (rather than every six months) to ensure that your teeth and gums remain sparkling clean and free from dangerous bacteria. Additionally, we recommend a prescription fluoride tooth gel and use of a rotary toothbrush.

Also, make sure to wear your retainer after treatment to avoid undoing all your hard work!