Learn about orthodontics from Copper Creek Ortho

Learn About Orthodontics


At Copper Creek Orthodontics we're dedicated to informing you properly.

You already know that maintaining good oral hygiene is important for everyone — but when you’re having orthodontic treatment, it’s even more critical. Why? Because, while the appliances (such as braces or clear aligners) you may need to wear during treatment are very effective in correcting misaligned teeth, they can also trap food particles easily.

Ortho & Dental Hygiene

Keeping your teeth (and your appliances) clean is a little harder — but you can do it! Here’s a look at why good oral hygiene is so important during orthodontic treatment, and some tips on how you can keep it up.

Plaque


The major enemy of oral health is plaque. Food that becomes trapped near tooth surfaces can lead to the formation of plaque — a thin coating of microorganisms and organic debris (biofilm) containing potentially harmful bacteria.

Braces or other appliances make it harder to remove plaque. The bacteria in plaque digest the sugars in food, producing acids which may erode teeth and irritate gums. Plaque causes:

  • Cavities
  • White spots on teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Bad breath

Keeping plaque under control is one of the most effective means of maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums. There are three general ways to do it: through diet, daily maintenance, and regular professional care. Taken all together, they’re your teeth’s best defense.

Diet and Decay


Controlling your diet involves avoiding foods that could increase your risk of developing tooth decay and foods that could easily become stuck in your braces.Foods that are very hard or extremely sticky can also cause physical damage to orthodontic appliances. Certainly braces or retainers with broken wires or loose brackets aren’t working to straighten your teeth!

FOODS TO AVOID

FOODS TO AVOID

  • Soda
  • Sweets
  • Ice Cream
  • Toffee
  • Gum
  • Licorice
  • Carmels
  • Hard Pizza Crust
  • Beef Jerky
  • Nuts
  • Hard Candies

Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples — but cut them into bite-sized pieces first! And don’t chew on ice, pencils, or your nails: these habits can cause damage to your appliances, and even result in chipped teeth!

Daily Maintenance


You know how important brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile — especially now that you’re in orthodontic treatment. But sometimes it’s harder to clean your teeth effectively around an appliance’s brackets and wires. Here are some tools and tips you can try for better tooth cleaning:

Soft-Bristle or Bi-Level Toothbrush

Soft-Bristle or Bi-Level Toothbrush

Either a soft-bristle or a bi-level toothbrush (one with longer bristles on the edges and shorter ones in the middle) can be effective in plaque removal — even with braces. An electric toothbrush can also be used, on a moderate setting.

Interdental Brush

Interdental Brush

For hard-to-clean areas, try an interdental brush, or proxabrush. The small bristles of this special tooth-cleaning aid, which is shaped like a pipe cleaner, can get in between wires, brackets and teeth.

Floss Threaders

Floss Threaders

You should floss at least once a day during orthodontic treatment. While it’s a little harder to do with braces, there are some special products available — including floss threaders and particular kinds of floss — that can help you get the floss between wires and gum line.

Supplemental Fluoride Treatment

Supplemental Fluoride Treatment

Depending on your situation, we may recommend an in-office or at-home supplemental fluoride treatment to boost your cavity resistance. An antiseptic rinse may also be recommended, to ease minor gum inflammation or irritation.

With gentle and persistent effort, it’s possible to reach into the smallest nooks and crannies, and control plaque buildup. Our staff will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you when your braces are put on — but if you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

If you have a retainer, it should be brushed daily, the same way you brush your teeth. We may also recommend using a cleaning solution — but never put hot water on your retainer, because it can distort the soft plastic and make it unusable! And always keep it in a case when it’s not in your mouth.

Professional Care


Even though you’re seeing an orthodontist regularly, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to see your regular dentist — in fact, it’s just as important as ever! While we’re focused on improving your bite and alignment, your dentist will make sure your teeth stay healthy with thorough examinations, cleanings and preventive care.

Your orthodontic treatment is a team effort where everyone — our office, you, and your family dentist — has an important role to play. And the team has just one goal: giving you a winning smile.

 

LOCATION


9955 Barker Cypress Rd, Suite 225
Cypress, TX 77433
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HOURS


Mon 8:00am – 6:00pm
Tues 8:00am – 6:00pm
Wed 8:00am – 6:00pm
Thurs 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday By Appointment only
Closed for Lunch 12:30pm – 1:30pm

CONTACT


Phone: (281) 463-6757
Fax: (281) 463-7298
Email: info@coppercreekortho.com