Maintaining good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can be a challenge for patients. The presence of brackets, wires and bands can make it tricky to clean thoroughly. With this in mind, we are very pleased to offer a hygienist service to our current active patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and protected. If you require a professional clean and polish before, during or after (or all three!) your orthodontic treatment please contact us to discuss your requirements and to make an appointment! Please see our price guide for cost information.
Before your treatment starts our hygienist, Clair Brooks, can professionally clean and polish your teeth (sometimes known as scaling and polishing) before your braces are fixed into position. This is a very beneficial start to your treatment as Clair can then discuss with you the importance of stepping up all efforts to keep your teeth clean even before your braces have been put on. Clair will also take the opportunity to discuss with you (and/or parents) about the changes you should make once your orthodontic treatment starts. These will include brushing more frequently, avoiding fizzy and sports drinks and coming in for visits every three months if necessary.
Once your braces have been fitted this is the window when it is most necessary for Clair to work closely with you to help keep your teeth healthy. Wearing braces can make it tricky to clean thoroughly however Clair can guide you to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and protected throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Your braces have been removed, you want to show off your new smile but you feel a visit to the hygienist would be of benefit to enhance your results. This is a great idea as Clair can advise on the best care for your teeth and gums following placement of either a bonded retainer or removable retainer (or both).
I have a removable brace, what are my options?
Many of the same precautions and practices for our patients with traditional brackets and wires apply for those wearing Invisalign or removable braces. It is still as important to ensure you as patients are advised on how to clean your teeth thoroughly after meals before replacing your braces, in order to avoid trapping food against the teeth etc. However, you are the patients that have the advantage of being able to remove your braces for normal brushing and flossing.
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to call, email or pop in to see us!