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Navigating Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment is a journey towards achieving a perfect smile. At Superb Dental Care in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Reynaldo Barbon stresses the importance of proper oral care during this period. Whether you’re wearing braces or using aligners, maintaining your oral health is crucial for the success of your treatment.

Understanding Orthodontic Oral Care

Whether fixed or removable, orthodontic appliances can create challenges in maintaining oral hygiene. Food particles and plaque can easily get trapped around braces or under aligners. This can lead to issues like tooth decay, gum disease, and staining without proper care.

1. Brushing Techniques with Orthodontic Appliances

Proper brushing is key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy:

  • Brush After Every Meal: Brushing after each meal is important to remove trapped food particles.
  • Use Orthodontic Toothbrushes: A toothbrush with a V-shaped bristle pattern is effective for cleaning around brackets and wires.
  • Angle Your Brush: Brush above and below the brackets using a 45-degree angle to ensure thorough cleaning.

2. The Importance of Flossing

Flossing with braces might seem challenging, but it’s crucial:

  • Use Orthodontic Flossers or Water Flossers: These tools make it easier to clean between the wires and your teeth. Water flossers are especially effective for those with Dental Implants.

3. Rinsing with an Antimicrobial Mouthwash

Incorporate a fluoride mouthwash into your routine:

  • Reduces Plaque and Bacteria: Mouthwash can reach places that brushing and flossing might miss, especially important for those undergoing Root Canal treatments.

4. Watching Your Diet

Your diet plays a significant role in oral health during orthodontic treatment:

  • Avoid Hard and Sticky Foods: These can damage braces or aligners.
  • Limit Sugary Foods: To reduce the risk of plaque buildup and tooth decay.

5. Regular Dental Check-Ups

Routine dental visits, including Dental Cleaning and Consultation, are essential. These appointments allow Dr. Barbon to monitor your progress and address any issues.

Special Considerations

Certain dental treatments require modified oral care:

Managing Discomfort

Orthodontic adjustments can sometimes lead to discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be helpful. If the discomfort continues, consult with Dr. Barbon, who can make necessary adjustments to your braces or aligners.

Take the Next Step in Your Orthodontic Journey

Proper oral care during orthodontic treatment not only contributes to the success of the treatment but also ensures the long-term health of your teeth and gums. By following these tips and maintaining regular dental visits, you can keep your smile healthy and bright throughout your orthodontic journey.

Ready for orthodontic treatment or need guidance on maintaining your oral health during it? Contact Dr. Reynaldo Barbon at Superb Dental Care in Pasadena, CA. Call us at 626-844-7778 to schedule an appointment and get expert care for a healthier, more beautiful smile.


  1. American Association of Orthodontists: Caring for Teeth with Braces and Retainers
  2. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics: Orthodontic Hygiene Techniques
  3. International Journal of Orthodontics: Oral Hygiene and Orthodontic Appliances
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