Oral Hygiene

  

At our office, we know that hygiene is paramount to each patient's treatment results. A daily hygiene program is essential to every patient's oral health and to maintaining your incredible  smile. We know how hard it can be to clean around the braces. The above Dolphin Imaging animations demonstrate the correct brushing technique and the use of a proxibrush, be sure to view them as these techniques are essential to good hygiene.

Our office uses Opal Seal  to protect your enamel from the damages of decalcification and decay.

What is Opal Seal?

Opal Seal is a protective sealant that functions in a similar way to the sealants dentists use. The purpose of Opal Seal is to prepare the teeth before we put braces on. We apply it over the tooth to protect it from acid produced by bacterial plaque and acidic drinks, such as soft drinks, which may cause decay and white spots. Opal Seal is BPA-free and safe for every patient.

Opal Seal is unique in that it has the ability to deliver a constant, safe, low dose of fluoride to the enamel throughout orthodontic treatment. Opal Seal is invisible, but you may be able to feel it on your teeth. It lasts for months and can easily be reapplied as necessary.

How will this affect me?

Keep up on good oral hygiene, and Opal Seal will do its job, improving your enamel health. Opal Seal creates a barrier between plaque and the enamel. Opal Seal alone won't prevent damage to your enamel, but the combination of good oral hygiene, good nutrition and Opal Seal will significantly reduce the risk of damage to your enamel.

 

The animation to the right depicts decalcification resulting from improper oral hygiene and poor nutrition during orthodontic treatment. Decalcification is a white area where enamel has been irreversibly damaged. Don't let this happen to you, follow the recommendations below and you will finish braces with a beautiful smile, a smile that will  help you go out into the world and become everything you are intended to be!

"WHITE SPOT" WARNING:   Remember that braces do not cause enamel decalcification ("white spots"). Excellent oral hygiene (i.e. brushing well), avoiding sugary foods and soft drinks will keep you from developing white spots on your teeth.  Remember that you must pay special attention  to brushing under the wire and next to your gums (view the animations at the top of this page for the correct technique). Do not stop if your gums bleed when brushing. This is a sign of gingivitis and indicates that you need to brush in these areas. Over time as you consistently brush, your gums will change from a puffy red color to a healthy pink.

Taking Care of Your Teeth

Dentists have made great strides in dental health over the past decades. Now, with proper dental care, you can keep your teeth for a lifetime.

Tooth decay is the second most common disease in America, second only to the common cold. Most of this tooth decay can be avoided by exercising some simple daily preventative dental hygiene habits.

Here are a few quick tips to keeping your teeth and gums healthy:

  • Carbonated drinks are very acidic. They should be avoided during orthodontic treatment. Serious problems with white spots may occur and result in permanent scarring of the enamel.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove bacteria that can turn into plaque and eventually tooth decay. Check out the latest Sonicare Xtreme e3000. Be sure to talk to our staff about purchasing a Sonicare toothbrush.
  • Avoid foods high in sugars and carbohydrates, which tend to give bacteria energy to reproduce and create enamel-eating acids.
  • Limit between-meal snacks and stop drinking soft drinks on a daily basis. Your mouth needs sufficient time between meals to neutralize acids. So avoid sipping large carbonated drinks over an extended period of time.
  • Use fluoride regularly through drinking water, toothpaste and dental supplements to strengthen your enamel and prepare against acid attacks. We provide a prescription fluoride toothpaste, Prevident 5000 Plus, at the start of orthodontic treatment. This may be purchased throughout treatment.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year! Dentists can spot potential problems before they wreak havoc on your teeth and mouth.
  • Floss daily to reach the 35 percent of your mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Brush your gums carefully to avoid unnecessary swelling and bleeding. Use a baking soda and peroxide toothpaste if your gum tissues develop a problem.

Hygiene… an important part of getting your perfect smile.

Orthodontic Hygiene Incentive Program Certificate

Twice a  year, you may receive 10 orthobucks for having your teeth cleaned by your hygienist.  Have them sign this form and you may return it to us at your next scheduled appointment to  redeem your orthobucks.

We encourage you to ask questions of Dr. Buck and our team about how to keep your teeth clean and healthy during treatment. Your hygiene directly affects your final result! When you keep your mouth healthy, you are doing your part to create the smile you've always wanted.

  
7711 Garth Road, Baytown, TX 77521 P: (281) 421-1100, F: (281) 421-4970