Hygiene & Orthodontics

Hygiene & Orthodontics

At Keyser Orthodontics, we believe that a radiant smile is not just about straight teeth; it’s also about maintaining impeccable oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic journey. Led by Dr. Mary Morgan Keyser, our practice in Raleigh and Knightdale, NC, emphasizes the crucial relationship between hygiene and orthodontics. Did you know Dr. Keyser is a dentist, first and foremost? She cares greatly about your hygiene before, during, and after treatment! She is also married to another dentist, so dental health is of the utmost importance in their family! Discover how our comprehensive approach ensures that your path to a perfectly aligned smile is effective and promotes the health and well-being of your oral cavity.

Integrating Hygiene

into Orthodontic Care

We have a true commitment to transform smiles and safeguard overall oral health. Dr. Keyser and her dedicated team understand the unique challenges of maintaining optimal hygiene, especially when undergoing orthodontic treatment. We recognize that braces can create additional spaces for plaque and food particles to accumulate, making diligent oral care essential for a healthy smile.

Effective Strategies for Hygiene With Braces:

We guide our patients on selecting the right tools, such as interdental brushes, floss threaders, and soft picks, to clean between wires and brackets effectively. We provide these tools and instructions from the first day that you begin treatment and throughout your treatment journey.

Regular appointments at Keyser Orthodontics allow us to monitor your oral health and offer personalized tips for maintaining hygiene with braces.

Our team provides detailed guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, emphasizing the importance of thorough cleaning around brackets and wires.

We encourage routine check-ups with your general dentist throughout treatment, and we offer specialized toothpaste to ensure fortification of your enamel against decay, ensuring your teeth remain strong and resilient during orthodontic treatment.

Dental Hygiene

With Braces With Braces

Our orthodontic services go beyond just aligning teeth; we prioritize educating our patients on maintaining impeccable dental hygiene throughout treatment. Braces, while transformative, can present challenges in terms of cleaning and care. Our team at Keyser Orthodontics equips you with the knowledge and tools to navigate these challenges seamlessly, ensuring that your smile looks fantastic and is free from cavities and other oral health issues. We even have monthly, in-office raffles to reward good hygiene for our patients who are taking care of their teeth throughout treatment!


How to

Properly Brush With Braces

To properly brush with braces, start by using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Angle the brush at a 45-degree angle to clean along the gumline, gently brushing both above and below the wires. Pay extra attention to the areas around brackets and wires, ensuring thorough cleaning to prevent plaque buildup. Utilize interdental brushes, floss threaders, or orthodontic floss to navigate between wires and brackets, reaching spaces that a regular toothbrush might miss. Brush each tooth individually, taking the time to clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Incorporate fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel and fight cavities. Consistency is key, so aim to brush after every meal and before bedtime, dedicating at least two minutes to this vital oral care routine.

How to Floss Properly With Braces

Flossing with braces requires extra care and attention to effectively remove plaque and food particles from between wires and brackets. Begin by using a floss threader or orthodontic floss designed for braces. Thread the floss carefully under the main wire of your braces and then between two teeth. Gently move the floss up and down along the sides of each tooth, forming a C-shape to reach below the gumline. Take care not to snap or force the floss, ensuring a gentle and thorough cleaning. Repeat the process for each tooth, including those at the back of your mouth. An alternative to traditional floss is an interdental brush, which can be inserted between brackets to clean hard-to-reach areas. Consistent flossing, ideally after every meal, is vital for preventing gum disease and cavities during orthodontic treatment.

Your Smile, Our Priority:

A Patient-Centric Approach

Maintaining hygiene with braces can be challenging, but at Keyser Orthodontics, we empower our patients to overcome these challenges with confidence. Our patient-centric approach ensures that you achieve the smile of your dreams and enjoy optimal oral health throughout your orthodontic experience.

Dental Hygiene With Braces in Raleigh and Knightdale, NC

At Keyser Orthodontics, your smile is a testament to both beauty and health. Dr. Mary Morgan Keyser and her dedicated team are committed to crafting stunning smiles through orthodontics and nurturing the mouth’s overall well-being. Join us on a path where a perfectly aligned smile meets optimal oral health, ensuring that your journey with Keyser Orthodontics leaves you with the confidence of a beautiful smile and the assurance of lasting oral wellness. Schedule an appointment today!

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