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Start with the outside of the teeth, with the brush at a straight angle. use circular vibrating motions. Clean the area between the gums and braces by angling the brush down. (Angle up for lower jaw) Keep moving in small circular motions. Clean the rest of the teeth by angling the brush up. (Angle down for lower jaw) Carefully brush the chewing surface of both upper and lower jaws. Finish by brushing the inside of the teeth.
Floss at least once a day. The floss needs to be pulled under the archwire. A floss threader facilitates this. Start by pulling the floss through the threader. Push the end of the floss threader through the archwire and pull through. Pull the floss up between the teeth and gently move it up and down both sides of the teeth. Remember to move it up all the way under the gums. Pull the floss out and use a different section of it for the next tooth.
When you are finished brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth carefully with water or an antiseptic dental rinse. An antiseptic dental rinse can help minor gum inflammations and irritations due to orthodontic appliances. Also used to cleanse canker sores, minor wounds and other gum irritations, this mouth rinse removes debris, enabling natural healing to occur.
Call our orthodontics office in Homewood, IL as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances. Please do not come directly to the office – by calling us, you will allow us to create a time to see you. Even if you have a regular appointment scheduled, call us immediately to notify us if you need an appliance repaired.
Loose Brackets or Bands
Call our orthodontics office in Homewood, IL immediately for advice if a bracket or wire is loosened. The bracket may need to be re-fitted as soon as possible. You may have a situation that requires cutting a wire or sliding a bracket off a wire at night or over the weekend. If you need to cut a wire in case of emergency, you may use fingernail clippers that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. Please call our orthodontics office the next business day, so that we may schedule an appointment for you.
Sometimes discomfort caused by a wire on your braces can be resolved by moving the wire away from the irritated area with a cotton swab or eraser. If the wire will not move, try covering the end of it with a small piece of cotton or a small amount of wax. If the wire is painful, you can cut it with nail clippers or scissors that have been washed and sterilized in alcohol. If you cannot resolve the wire irritation, call our orthodontics office in Homewood, IL for an appointment.
Most patients lose a separator during their treatment. Do not worry about losing a separator, but call our orthodontics office to see if it needs to be replaced.
Discomfort with Braces & Orthodontic Treatment
During the first week after your braces are in place and routine adjustments are complete, you will likely feel some pain, soreness or discomfort. You may take acetaminophen or other non-aspirin pain relievers while you adjust to your new braces. A warm wash cloth or heating pad may reduce the soreness in your jaws.