Importance of Good Oral Hygiene for People with Braces

Proper oral care isn’t just about making your teeth look pretty. It’s the key to avoiding common dental problems like gingivitis, tartar, and demineralization. Because thorough oral hygiene is more difficult with braces, braces wearers are more prone to these issues than non-braces wearers. These dental problems are unpleasant enough on their own, but if left untreated they can also turn into more serious oral health issues. Plus, they can prolong your time in braces. In severe cases of gum disease or other oral health problems, the orthodontist may even have to remove your braces, wait for your gums and mouth to heal, and then reapply them.

We know that caring for your teeth can be a challenge when you have braces. Unfortunately, this means that focusing on oral hygiene and understanding the dental issues you should watch out for is more important than ever before. It’s also more important to choose products that’ll help you do the best job of caring for your teeth – things like Oral-B power toothbrush heads made specially for braces, Oral-B threader floss that can maneuver around your wires, and Crest toothpastes that kill germs in spaces between your brackets. They can’t do all the work for you, but they can certainly help.

Dr. Kubicki in Sterling Heights Michigan provides braces and  orthodontic care for patients in Sterling Heights, Warren, Troy, Utica, Macomb. Call 586-268-6464

Benefits of Early Orthodontic Care

The benefits of early intervention by a Dental Associates orthodontist include:

  • A better prognosis for how the permanent teeth will develop
  • The ability to correct any habits that may be the cause of development problems, such as thumb sucking or tongue pushing
  • Correcting bite problems like an open bite, cross bite or deep bite
  • The ability to guide the growth of the jaw to accommodate emerging teeth
  • Lowering the risk of damage to any protruding teeth
  • The ability to improve your child’s appearance
  • Creating a more pleasing and functional arrangement of teeth, lips and face
  • Alleviating future, and possibly more invasive, dental correction
  • Increasing self-esteem and confidence in your child