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Oral Hygiene Tips With Orthodontics – Part 1 Of 2

Tooth care is essential to ensure that your mouth is in good health. But achieving it becomes a more complicated task when you are undergoing some orthodontic treatment. As your dental advisors, we recommend you follow these oral hygiene tips with orthodontics so that you keep your smile healthy. The post will discuss orthodontic treatments and dental care routines during these times in a two-part series, broken down for your ease.

Most used orthodontic treatments

There are different orthodontic treatments. Each one possesses characteristics that adapt to the requirements of the patients by providing them with the results they want regarding the best positioning of their teeth.

Some of the most popular and effective methods or treatments today are:

  • The metal brackets: It is a fixed treatment that is made of stainless-steel. It is placed on the outside of the teeth.
  • Incognito orthodontics: In this case the brackets are placed on the inside of the teeth.
  • Invisalign: It consists of a transparent and removable aligner that is changed from time to time to modify the position of the teeth.

Depending on the case and its severity, the orthodontist will recommend the best treatment to improve the position of your teeth and bite.

Oral hygiene tips with orthodontics

After putting on any of the above methods you should know how to maintain your oral hygiene. You will have to follow certain procedures and include in your routine some elements that will facilitate the process. But this will depend on whether your orthodontics is removable or fixed. If you can remove it and replace it freely as with the invisalign treatment, you just have to comply with a proper dental hygiene routine. And also, properly clean your orthodontic appliance independently. But if you have braces or a fixed orthodontic treatment you should take into account the following tips:

How to brush your teeth with braces?

If you have fixed orthodontics or braces, you should keep in mind that food scraps will accumulate in them very easily. This is why you must follow the following tips when brushing your teeth.

  • Get an interproximal or interdental toothbrush. These are ideal for cleaning between brackets.
  • Your regular toothbrush should have soft bristles.
  • Change your brush every three to four months.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste. This in addition to strengthening your teeth minimizes the sensitivity that orthodontics can produce.
  • Brush in sections. Divide your mouth into 4 parts, left, right, upper and lower. This way you make sure to clean each one of them.
  • Pay close attention to the section around and in the center of the braces.
  • When using your interproximal brush, insert it from the top of the wire and then from the bottom.

How to floss with braces?

One way to complete the cleaning of a fixed orthodontic appliance is to floss. But many people don’t know the right way to do it.

Once you have taken an approximate amount of 40 centimeters of dental floss you should follow the following steps.

  • Floss between the top of the tooth and the wire of the braces.
  • With a movement of saw passes the dental floss gently through the sides of each tooth.
  • Check with your orthodontist if you need to use any specific type of thread.
  • At the end of the process you can use antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth. We recommend those that contain chlorhexidine.

It is essential that you maintain a strict oral cleaning routine, especially if you have braces. Brush at least three times a day and after each meal. This will help you so that during the orthodontic treatment there is no complication due to caries or gum infection.


Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Wisdom teeth extraction and dental implants are two of the most common Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery procedures. Learn more about these surgeries and why they are important. Your tooth bothering you for weeks, right? If yes, we understand that now it’s getting unbearable and maybe your jaw has started to become sore lately. Under these circumstances, you might have visited a dentist. Now ask yourself, was it enough? This is a common issue among many individuals that they don’t know when they should be visiting an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. Here are a few reasons why you should be getting dental surgery.

Jaw Joint Issues

The temporomandibular joint connects your skull to the jaw. It is that small hinge that is located in front of your ears. It can cause severe headaches and stiffness in the jaw. This issue can be solved through medication, but if the problem is severe, you might need a surgery


If your teeth or jaw are not properly aligned, there is a chance that your dentist might recommend you for orthognathic surgery. This happens with people with excessive underbites or overbites, trouble swallowing or chewing, sleep apnea or maybe a birth defect.

Sleeping or Breathing issues

This covers issues such as sleep apnea and snoring. This is a condition that causes problems during sleep and can sometimes stop breathing. Under normal situations, CPAP machine or any other equipment that can open the airway. However, you might need to go to a surgeon in case of a severe case.

Things you should do before getting an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Things You Should Do Before Getting An Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Consult it with your Dentist

If you are having issues with your teeth, ask your dentist if you need surgery. If a dentist is not available and it’s an emergency, head over to the clinic rather than going to the ER. Try to avoid surgery. Sometimes the problem is manageable with medication. If your dentist thinks that the oral problems are not manageable by him, then you’ll be recommended for the surgery.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

If you have been recommended by a dentist for surgery, chances are he’ll be talking about the dentistry specialty related to jaws and face. This surgery takes place for treating injuries and diseases around the mouth area. Before getting Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, make sure that the surgeon has the right education and training required to carry out the process. Do some research about the individual carrying out the surgery. He or she must have 4 years of surgeon experience along with different specialties.


As the name indicates “hybrid” means the combination of two varieties of prostheses. On the one hand, it is a fixed prosthesis, since the patient cannot remove the prosthesis from the mouth, it is fixed, and constructed of two or more different materials. It is an option of implant rehabilitation treatment that allows the patient to have a fixed denture and recover their oral functionality. Hybrid prostheses consist of a metal structure that adheres to dental implants, coated with acrylic and that supports artificial fixed teeth of acrylic resin. It is necessary to place 5 or 6 implants osseointegrated by dental arch to perform the implant-supported hybrid prosthesis. 

The type of implants is chosen according to the characteristics of the patient and the work of the dentist, the resin is the color closest to the natural color of the patient’s gums, it is polished and bright so as not to cause discomfort to the patient. Finally, artificial teeth adhered to the resin part are accommodated with the color, size and inclination most appropriate to the orofacial characteristics of the patient. 

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hybrid Prostheses

The hybrid prosthesis is a completely fixed prosthesis, which offers a very good aesthetic to the patient, gives moderate support to the upper lip and usually needs between 5 and 6 implants to rehabilitate the upper arch and 4 implants to rehabilitate the lower arch.  The implants are connected by a metal bar and on this bar the resin prosthesis melts, to anchor the prosthesis to the osseointegrated implants, some screws must be tightened. 


One of the main advantages offered by hybrid prostheses is the comfort that the patient presents, the prosthesis is fixed and is screwed to the implants so that the patient feels with their own teeth. It is a prosthesis that offers a good aesthetic result, a good proprioception, because the impact of occlusal forces during the exercise of chewing is reduced. The acrylic resin part of the prosthesis acts as an intermediary between the teeth and the metal structure. 

Also, the hybrid prosthesis has a good ease of maintenance by the specialist dentist and versatility, because we can make repairs at any time of the acrylic resin and the teeth. Finally, another advantage offered by the hybrid prosthesis compared to porcelain crowns on metal is the economic difference, hybrid prostheses are much cheaper and any modification made is a much simpler, cheaper and faster process. These types of prostheses are screwed onto the implants and for the patient they are fixed, so that in case of any required modification, the specialist dentist can easily remove it from the patient’s mouth. 


A possible disadvantage of hybrid prostheses is the aesthetic result. However, with the improvements of today’s acrylic materials, we can obtain very optimal aesthetic results and the patient is highly satisfied.