Having a healthy, straight smile can be important for a lot of people. Having a straight smile can instill us with confidence and it can also provide us with a healthy bite that allows us to chew, bite, breathe and speak properly. For most of us who wish to alter the appearance of our smiles, whether it is for cosmetic reasons, medical reasons, or both, braces are the most traditional route for acquiring the smile we want. Here at Rosenberg Orthodontics, we will not only provide you with the best orthodontic care, but our orthodontist in Williamsburg, Dr. Philip E. Rosenberg, DDS, will provide you with the knowledge you need in order to keep your braces in healthy, working order.
Braces are only one facet of successful orthodontics. Because of the additional hardware in your mouth, routine hygiene habits become more complicated and demanding. But adjusting your routine is easy if you have the proper knowledge and is vital to seeing your teeth align successfully. While much of the work that braces do is coordinated by your orthodontist in Williamsburg, Philip E. Rosenberg, DDS, it is important that your teeth, gums and braces themselves are kept clean in order to ensure that your orthodontic treatment goes as planned. Brushing and flossing are incredibly important whether you have braces or not, but doing say may become more difficult once you do begin your orthodontic treatment. It is important that you brush your teeth gently but thoroughly, making sure that plaque and tartar is cleaned from those hard to reach places between your brackets. This prevents complications such as tooth decay. Because of the wires connecting your orthodontic brackets, flossing can be complicated, but it is still necessary and doable. There are special floss threaders that help you place floss underneath or through your brackets to allow you access to the spaces between your teeth. In addition, it is important to rinse your mouth as well, and there are plenty of braces friendly mouth washes you can use.
These are some basic methods of caring for your braces, but your orthodontist in Williamsburg, Dr. Philip E. Rosenberg, DDS, will be able to provide you with more personalized advice upon visiting us here at Rosenberg Orthodontics. Dr. Rosenberg will provide you with the necessary tools and advice you need in order to do your part in making sure your orthodontic treatment is successful.