BRUSHING & FLOSSING
Take Care of Your Teeth
The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.
Your First Few Days in Braces
At Dr. Sanford's office, we use state-of-the-art materials to provide gentle, yet effective movement.
Most patients experience a minimal amount of discomfort, which passes in a few days or so.
AFTER YOUR BRACES ARE REMOVED
When we remove your braces, we will begin the retention stage of your treatment. The retention phase lasts throughout high school, with check-up visits to our office for the first 12 months. Your final orthodontic result depends on a commitment to regular retainer wear, so follow through with the work you've put in so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer carefully while cradled in your hand before placing it back in your mouth. Soaking retainers at least twice a week in retainer/denture cleaner will disinfect them as well as refresh them.