When you are receiving Orthodontic treatment with any Orthodontist it’s normal to expect some level of difficulty with brushing your teeth. The size and location of the braces will cause this difficulty.
Generally speaking you’ll find it difficult to brush certain teeth and by doing this you’ll allow bacteria to fester in your mouth. Now this isn’t completely all bad news as there is Bad bacteria and Good bacteria for your teeth.
What you need to be concerned about is the bad bacteria on your teeth as they can eat away at the enamel lining and start to cause cavities. Cavities will lead to the need for more dental work and in the worse case scenario complete tooth extraction.
This is why it’s important to talk with your orthodontist about your oral hygiene and how best to reach those hard to brush areas. By talking with your orthodontist you’ll probably find they have a specific toothpaste or mouthwash you should be using.
So while some bacteria is good for your teeth it’s important that you discuss with your orthodontist what affect the orthodontic treatment is having on the bad bacteria. It’s best to have this conversation early on in your treatment so that you are not dealing with issues as time goes past.
Ousama El-Hillal, referred to as Dr. O by patients, staff and friends is an Orthodontist at E&S Orthodontics. He founded E&S Orthodontics with Dr. Saavedra in 2004. He is driven to create Wide Beautiful Smiles Without Extractions.