Orthodontic treatment by definition is a branch of dentistry that specializes in treating patients with improper positioning of teeth. This is also referred to as malocclusion. At Village Square Dental Centre, we offer complete orthodontic care in the Niagara Region. While this treatment is traditionally provided to younger patients, we are pleased to offer solutions for both children and adults.
Orthodontic treatment is a great benefit to many of our patients but it also creates new challenges when attempting to keep your teeth clean. At Village Square Dental Centre, our Niagara Region dentists always stress the importance of proper hygiene as it will help you avoid problems and frustrations down the road.
Tips for Proper Oral Hygiene when Wearing Braces
Use a soft toothbrush
Start brushing in the upper right
Brush above and below the braces using a circular motion
Slowly work your brush around to the front teeth and over to the left side
Brush the insides and biting surfaces
Starting on the lower right side, brush the outside of the lower teeth
Use the same circular motion
Brush above and below the braces until the braces and teeth are sparkling clean
Move the brush slowly toward the front and left side
Brush the insides and tops of your teeth
Tips for Flossing
Start by placing the floss on a floss threader
Insert floss behind the arch wire
Gently clean the sides of the teeth and under the gums with an up-and-down motion
During the course of your orthodontic treatment, you may encounter a time where part of the appliance feels loose or simply doesn’t feel attached properly. We’ve included some common problems, tips and solutions on this page. We also encourage you to check out our PDF for visual examples.
Whenever something appears broken or simply doesn’t feel right, the best thing to do is call Village Square Dental Centre. Our dentists and skilled staff can advise you on the proper steps to take. If something breaks off, please keep the item in a safe place and bring it to your next appointment.
Lost elastic tie
Wire has come out of tube
Poking tie wire
Cause & Effect
Biting ice can lead to a loose bracket
Chewing on pens or pencils can bend arch wires or loosen brackets
Chewing caramel can loosen bands
Biting a whole apple can displace a bracket