Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and that the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease. In addition your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr Kenmuir has prescribed as part of the treatment. We would like to reinforce the need to keep regular visits with your dentist during orthodontic treatment.
– Brush at every meal (at least 3 times a day)
– Use the correct toothbrush, one that is not too big or too hard. Automatic toothbrushes are advised.
– Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum-line for about 10 sec on each tooth
– Brush every tooth slowly
– Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth
– Use interdental brushes
– Floss nightly after brushing
– Use floride mouth rinse
Please do not eat hard foods, nuts, ice, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), spare ribs, hard bread crusts, corn on the cob and popcorn, These foods risk breaking brackets and wires. Also be aware of nail biting, pen and pencil chewing. Do not eat sticky foods, bubble gum, toffees and boiled sweets. Use common sense about most foods.