Keeping your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment is one of the most important ways you can help Dr. Emerson achieve a fantastic smile. When you get your appliances, we will spend time instructing you on how to clean your teeth. Our patients receive a brushing grade each visit and if it is below satisfactory, we will spend time discussing with you how to improve on the areas that are missed.

The following are some of the keys to a healthy mouth during orthodontics:

  • Reducing drinks that are high in sugar
    • Soft drinks, especially Dr. Pepper and Mt. Dew
    • Sports and Energy Drinks
    • Fruit Juices
  • Brushing teeth after each time you eat to remove food and sugary film
  • Brushing along the gum-line (above top braces and below bottom braces)

The following video discusses proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.