BRUSHING & FLOSSING 101
Be sure to brush your teeth right after every meal and before you go to bed. It’s best to use fluoride toothpaste to fight cavities. We may prescribe a fluoride mouth rinse to help prevent cavities.
EMERGENCIES AND REPAIRS
Occasionally, your orthodontic appliances (braces, expander, etc.) may break or begin to "poke" your gum tissue. 99% of all appliance breakage can be prevented simply by being careful of what you eat.
Braces create small ledges, nooks and crannies for food deposits, which can lead to cavities and gum problems. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you are wearing braces. When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won’t break or loosen them. Following these brushing and eating tips will keep your appliances and your smile healthy.
Your teeth have a memory, and without retainers, they will move back to where they were before treatment. Your retainers are usually ready the day after braces come off, and it is essential that you wear them every night. There are many different types of retainers and Drs. Hughes & Cozad will recommend the type that is best for you.