As you move through your orthodontic treatment plan, you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing and flossing regularly. Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Sam Kadan educates his patients on proper oral hygiene while wearing braces. We provide hands-on training to all of our patients in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area.
Flossing and brushing with braces is possible, but you will need to learn some new techniques to maintain good oral hygiene. Your braces create new places where food particles, bacteria, and plaque will accumulate. Without proper brushing and flossing, you may develop tooth decay, gum disease and even possibly loose teeth. In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to be vigilant with your oral hygiene.
Brushing with Braces
Dr. Kadan will recommend a toothpaste and toothbrush for brushing with braces. In most cases, he will recommend a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, but you should confirm this with him during your appointment. He will also instruct you on the technique to use and how often to brush your teeth. Most patients need to brush their teeth four times each day: after eating breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as right before going to bed.
The steps for brushing your teeth while wearing braces are:
- Use the toothbrush at an angle. Apply a gentle pressure while moving the toothbrush in a small circular pattern paying special attention to the gum line where food particles are most likely to be trapped.
- Brush each tooth and section of gums and braces for two minutes, and make sure that you cover the entire area of your mouth, both on the front and back side.
- Once you cover the front and back of the teeth, take some time to brush the bottom teeth in a downward motion and the top teeth in an upward motion.
- Brush your cheeks, tongue, and roof of the mouth.
- Rinse your mouth several times.
You should replace your toothbrush after each orthodontic appointment. By timing the replacement with your appointment, you are more likely to remember. Replacing your toothbrush ensures that the bristles are in good shape, and that hard-to-reach areas are properly cleaned. Follow your brushing with flossing, rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash and a fluoride treatment.
Flossing with Braces
Flossing removes any remaining food particles and bacteria that cannot be reached with even the best brushing techniques. You will need to floss each day in the morning and before bed. You can floss more frequently, but not less frequently. Trapped particles and bacteria can work very quickly to erode teeth and gums, especially while wearing braces.
The easiest way to floss your teeth with braces is to use a disposable floss threader. The floss threader allows you to reach the area under the archwire.
- Place a small amount of floss on the threader.
- Slide the floss between the teeth and use an up-and-down motion. If possible move the floss from the side of one tooth to the side of the neighboring tooth.
- When you hear a slight “squeak,” you can move to the next tooth.
- Use a gentle pressure when you are flossing around the archwire.
If you are unable to use a floss threader, you can use standard floss by wrapping a piece around your middle two fingers. Carefully guide the floss between your teeth and use the same motion that is described for the threader. As you move to another tooth, wrap the floss around one of your fingers so that you use a fresh section of floss each time.
Your gums may bleed slightly when you first floss with braces. Continue to floss for a few days and the bleeding should subside. If the bleeding continues or worsens, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Kadan will determine the cause of the bleeding and advise you about steps to take.
How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost in Bucks County and Philadelphia?
Oral hygiene is an important part of any orthodontic plan. Brushing and flossing keep your teeth healthy while you straighten your teeth. Following proper oral hygiene also helps avoid any unexpected costs associated with cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues. Should you experience any issues related to oral hygiene, we will provide you with a cost at the time of treatment.
Payment can be made by:
- Cash, personal check and credit card
- Financing through CareCredit®
- In-house financing options
We are an in-network provider for many of today’s top dental insurance companies. Using an orthodontist that is in your dental care network benefits you by:
- Providing lower out-of-pocket expenses
- Saving you time and money by completing and filing all necessary claim forms at no extra charge to you
- Accepting the payment we negotiate with the insurance company as payment in full
- Never sending you a bill for the charges that are above the negotiated rate, known as balance billing
- Expecting you to only pay your applicable co-payment, deductible and co-insurance according to the terms of your policy
- Letting you pay only for your portion rather than expecting you to pay the full cost and get reimbursed by the insurance company
What to Expect During Your Consultation
The consultation that you have with Dr. Kadan includes a complete examination, X-rays and imaging with the iTero® Element™ system that creates a three-dimensional model of your teeth and jaw. Based on his findings, Dr. Kadan decides on the orthodontic treatments that will improve jaw and teeth alignment. Your treatment plan may include orthognathic surgery, braces, and other orthodontic appliances.
Why Choose Sam Kadan Orthodontics
Dr. Kadan is a board-certified orthodontist, and only one in three orthodontists pursue board certification by demonstrating a commitment to excellence in orthodontic care, as well as continuing education. Dr. Kadan’s exceptional patient care has earned him a position on Philadelphia Magazine’s list of Top Dentists for 2016, winner of the 2016 Happening List and 2015 designation as an Invisalign® Elite Provider. He completed his orthodontic specialty training at the University of Rochester, and he currently holds a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to help develop the skills and expertise of future orthodontists.
Dr. Kadan has designed his facility to reflect his approach to patient care, and we look forward to giving you a tour as part of your consultation and introduction to our practice.
Oral hygiene is important under any circumstances, but wearing braces means remaining vigilant about maintaining good oral hygiene. As a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Sam Kadan promotes good oral hygiene amongst his patients in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area by providing education and showing his patients how to keep their gums, teeth and braces clean. Contact us to schedule a consultation to learn more about receiving your orthodontic care from a board-certified orthodontist.