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Caring for Your Smile After Orthodontic Treatment
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
April 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

How your orthodontist in Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Vedra, FL, can help your smile

If you’ve straightened your smile with orthodontic treatment, you've made an excellent choice. After all, a straight smile is not only more attractive, but it’s also far easier to clean than if your teeth are crowded together.

Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic services, including tools and techniques to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. He has two convenient office locations in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL, to help you.

Caring for your smile before, during, and after orthodontic treatment involves removing plaque as thoroughly and frequently as possible. That’s because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria. These bacteria produce toxic by-products that can eat through tough tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. The toxins also cause inflammation and infection in your gums, and eventually, the bone that supports your teeth is affected. When this happens, you have periodontal disease.

You can do a lot to keep your smile healthy after orthodontic treatment. Remember to:

  • Brush your teeth after meals and before bed, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush gently in a circular motion, cleaning all surfaces of your teeth, and along the gumline. You can also use a sonic or electric toothbrush if you wish.
  • Floss every day, using a single piece of floss or floss picks. Make sure you wrap the floss around the widest part of your tooth as you floss in between your teeth. When you wrap the floss around the tooth, it keeps the floss firmly against the tooth surface, allowing for a better clean.
  • Regular dental visits have been an important part of your dental care during orthodontic treatment, but they remain necessary after completion. That’s because when you have braces, a dental examination and x-ray screening may miss small areas of decay in between your teeth. After the braces are removed, your dentist can perform a comprehensive dental examination and take definitive x-rays to show all areas, including in between your teeth.

To find out more about caring for your smile before, during, and after orthodontic treatment, call Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL: (904) 249-0037.

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