Practical informatioN for your oral hygiene

The doctors Dudic and Houstis, and the Dental Assistants at LAKESIDE ORTHODONTICS in Wädenswil near Zurich
recommend these Tips and Tricks for you to keep your orthodontic treatment clean and healthy:

BRUSHING WHILE WEARING BRACES

Brush your teeth three times a day including extra care with additional tools every evening. The ideal manual toothbrush has a special groove for braces, while the ideal electrical toothbrush should be sonic using vibrations. Focus especially on the area between the brackets and the gums.

USING AN INTERDENTAL TOOTHBRUSH

Use the interdental toothbrush daily to clean under the wire. It helps to clean the hard to reach areas and to keep the gums healthy.

FLOSSING WHILE WEARING BRACES

Flossing gets more difficult. For quick flossing you can use the regular waxed dental floss, which will slide between the teeth and stop at the wire. For a more intense flossing you will need a special dental floss (Superfloss).

RINSING WITH AN ANTIBACTERIAL MOUTHWASH

A mouth rinse should contain fluoride and should be done daily before going to sleep.

TOPICAL FLUORIDE

Additional highly concentrated fluoride should be used in case of high risk of decay.

CLEANING YOUR REMOVABLE APPLIANCE

On removal of the appliance every morning rinse and brush the appliance and leave it to air-dry. Use the tablets regularly for deeper cleaning when necessary.