Maintaining dental health is crucial, especially when undergoing orthodontic treatments. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, emphasize the importance of specialized dental care routines for patients with braces or other orthodontic appliances. This comprehensive guide outlines how to navigate dental care during orthodontic treatments effectively.
The Intersection of Orthodontics and General Dentistry
Orthodontic treatments, such as braces or aligners, can complicate regular dental hygiene practices. The presence of these appliances in the mouth creates additional nooks and crannies where food particles and plaque can accumulate, increasing the risk of dental issues like cavities and gum disease. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings become even more critical during this time. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we provide Dental Exams and Cleaning to ensure your oral health remains optimal throughout your orthodontic journey.
Effective Oral Hygiene with Braces
Brushing and flossing with braces require more effort and attention. We recommend using specialized orthodontic toothbrushes and flossing tools to clean around brackets and wires effectively. Additionally, incorporating a fluoride mouthwash can help strengthen the teeth and prevent cavities. Our team is always ready to demonstrate effective brushing and flossing techniques for orthodontic patients.
Managing Orthodontic Emergencies
Sometimes, wires can break or brackets may become loose. In such cases, it’s essential to contact our office at 785-272-3864 immediately for advice or to schedule an emergency appointment. We are equipped to handle orthodontic emergencies and provide prompt solutions to prevent any disruptions to your treatment.
The Role of Advanced Dental Technology
Advancements in dental technology have significantly improved orthodontic care. At our clinic, we utilize 3D Dental Scanning to monitor the progress of your orthodontic treatment accurately. This technology allows for a more comprehensive view of your teeth and jaw, aiding in the customization of your orthodontic care.
Diet Adjustments During Orthodontic Treatment
A critical aspect of caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment is diet modification. Avoiding hard, sticky, or chewy foods can prevent damage to braces and reduce the risk of cavities. We provide dietary guidance to help you make teeth-friendly food choices.
Post-Orthodontic Dental Care
After completing orthodontic treatment, it’s essential to continue with regular dental care to maintain your new smile. This includes routine cleanings, exams, and potentially further cosmetic or restorative treatments. Services like Teeth Whitening and Veneers can enhance the appearance of your teeth post-braces.
Your Journey Beyond Orthodontics at Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry
At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care during and after your orthodontic treatment. By following these guidelines and scheduling regular visits with Dr. Andrew Lewis and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, you can ensure your teeth remain healthy and beautiful throughout your orthodontic journey.
- American Dental Association – Guidelines on Oral Hygiene with Orthodontics.
- Journal of Orthodontic Science – Impact of Orthodontic Appliances on Oral Health.
- Oral Health Foundation – Advice on Dental Care for Orthodontic Patients.