other oral hygiene instructions

Other oral hygiene aids that also may be helpful are:


WATERPIK® Oral Irrigators are helpful in assisting you in proper oral hygiene procedures. Use this device per the manufacturer instructions and the instructions given to you by your family dentist or your dental hygienist!

interdental toothbrush:

An interdental toothbrush can also be used to clean under archwires and around brackets. Use this device per manufacturer instructions and be careful around the braces, so that you do not damage your braces or other orthodontic appliances.

fluoride gel :

The use of a fluoride gel twice a day or at least every night after thorough brushing and flossing is very helpful in preventing or minimizing teeth decalcification. Fluoride containing rinses and gels are available over-the-counter and by prescription. If you are not using it already, please speak to Dr. Patel, who will be glad to provide you with a prescription and proper instructions in using the fluoride gel and rinse!

Other recommendations during orthodontic treatment:

dental checkup(s)/dental cleaning(s):

Dr. Patel strongly recommends that you get a complete dental checkup and cleaning prior to beginning orthodontic treatment. Once orthodontic treatment has begun, please see your dentist every 4-6 months for checkups, cleaning and fluoride treatments to minimize gum problems, teeth decay and teeth decalcifications!

periodontal “gum” treatment :

If you have been diagnosed with a pre-existing periodontal condition (“gum disease”), or are under treatment for gum disease, it is important that you routinely see your “periodontist” a dental specialist in “gum diseases” throughout your orthodontic treatment to minimize complications related to gum diseases and to forward to our office updated reports from your periodontist throughout your orthodontic treatment!

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