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Orthodontics and Your Oral Hygiene

The level of cooperation between the patient and the orthodontist determines the rate of success of orthodontic treatment. It is important to remember that although orthodontic appliances do not cause cavities they can contribute to them if the mouth is not properly maintained.

Because bands and appliances act as traps for food particle sand bacteria the teeth underneath are more susceptible to decay. It is for this reason that a thorough brushing routine be established and maintained. Routine visits to your regular dentist for check ups and cleanings will aid in preventing major problems or destruction to the teeth under the bands or appliances. Because good success is guaranteed by the teamwork between orthodontist and patient it is important to keep regularly scheduled appointments and follow the instructions given by your orthodontist.

Although the wearing of rubber bands, headgear or appliances may not be pleasant – the degree of cooperation will determine the rate of success. Broken appliances, brackets or wires need to be repaired immediately, be sure to call your orthodontist as soon as possible. Remember you have made an investment in your smile, cooperation between you and your orthodontist will guarantee that investment!