Oral Hygiene is Even More Important When You Wear Braces

When you wear braces, brushing and flossing can be quite a challenge. But did you know it is even more important to maintain proper dental hygiene while undergoing your orthodontic treatment? Plaque can build up around the bands, arch wires, and brackets, so it is important that you learn how to properly clean your teeth while wearing your braces. Dr. L. Douglas Knight and his team have proudly served the Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY areas for many years, and will help you develop proper techniques for oral hygiene, and provide you with the necessary tools to keep your smile sparkling!

Oral Hygiene Tips and Tricks

There are a few extra things to consider when you are living life with braces. Understanding and exercising proper hygiene can help keep your mouth healthy while you are achieving your new smile. Here are a few things that may help:

  • Use fluoride toothpaste: Fluoride toothpaste helps keep your tooth enamel strong, and protects against decay. Whitening toothpaste is not recommended during orthodontic treatment, as discoloration can occur once your brackets come off.
  • Use a soft toothbrush: You should never use a hard toothbrush. Soft brushes are just as effective, and also protect your gums and prevent damage to your braces.
  • Brush for at least two minutes: When wearing braces, brush for at least two minutes to ensure all tooth surfaces, brackets, bands and wires are being cleaned properly. You may need more than two minutes. Simply brush everything thoroughly and do not stop until you are confident everything is clean.
  • Begin in a different area of your mouth each time you brush: This may seem counterintuitive. However, by starting in different areas of the mouth, you reduce the risk of gum recession, which can occur over time if you brush too hard.
  • Utilize floss threaders or an equivalent: Braces can make flossing more difficult. Be sure you use something between the teeth to keep those areas clean. It is imperative that you floss at least once per day to decrease bacteria and help prevent decay and gum disease. There are several products on the market today that can help make cleaning between the teeth easier. Dr. Knight can work with you to determine which techniques will work best for you.

OrthoEssentials

OrthoEssentials is a program that is available through the partnership of Crest® and Oral-B®. This resource can be incredibly useful for orthodontic patients, as it provides products and technique guidelines that will help you properly clean your teeth throughout the duration of your treatment. When proper protocol is not followed, patients can experience an increase in common dental problems such as demineralization, tartar, and gingivitis. Maintaining good oral hygiene can help make sure you complete your orthodontic treatment in a timely manner and achieve your beautiful new smile!

Gum inflammation, or gingivitis, is common in patients who wear braces. OrthoEssentials provides a convenient kit that orthodontic patients of any age can use to combat inflammation. It includes the PRO-HEALTH® SYSTEM, an excellent collection of products that have been clinically proven to help reduce and eliminate gingivitis. The Clinical PRO-HEALTH® SYSTEM for gingivitis includes:

  • Oral-B® ProfessionalCare® SmartSeriesä 5000 Electric Toothbrush
  • Glide® PRO-HEALTH® dental floss
  • Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste
  • Crest® PRO-HEALTH® Multi-Protection Rinse

You will also be provided with educational material and instructions on how to maximize your dental hygiene and keep your smile healthy while wearing braces.

Schedule a Visit Today

If you would like to learn more about proper oral hygiene, schedule a visit with Dr. Knight. You can visit us online to schedule an appointment, or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).

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Knight Orthodontics Locations

Louisville, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
3210 Westport Green Pl.
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 327-6453

Radcliff, KY

L. Douglas Knight D.M.D.
555 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd.
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-5151

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Noshia Saunders
Noshia Saunders
23:43 21 Dec 17
Staff is always pleasant and I was surprised at my second visit they knew my name as soon as I walked in! Very family and community oriented.
Sentinel-7
Sentinel-7
22:40 19 Dec 17
Great service and excellent follow up appointments whether you have to have braces or anything else you need. They also have brand new, very useful and innovative technology at Knight Orthodontics. I would highly recommend it.
Grace Linscott
Grace Linscott
21:47 03 Nov 17
The workers were excellent. They took really good care of me. Dr. Knight was awesome couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontist
Genevieve Mulkins
Genevieve Mulkins
20:15 01 Nov 17
Dr Knight and his staff provide outstanding care; they are always kind; work around our busy schedule and are always understanding. I highly recommend Dr Knight to everyone.
George Atkins
George Atkins
13:46 01 Nov 17
The staff were all very nice and friendly! Dr. Knight had me in and out of braces very quickly and easily.
D Pedro
D Pedro
00:33 31 Oct 17
Dr. Knight did an awesome job on our child’s teeth. Other Orthodontists said the job couldn’t be done. Dr Knight not only said he could do it, he took away all our concerns. We highly recommend Knight Orthodontics!!
Emily Cyphers
Emily Cyphers
14:18 24 Oct 17
I went in for a permanent retainer repair for the first time with Dr. Knight, and had a wonderful experience. I'm new to Kentucky and he talked with me like he new me for years, he was so personable and took the time to get to know me. He had never worked on my teeth before but knew exactly what to do to re-straighten them and get a retainer back in. There is no "new patient" fee which is always nice. He seems to truly care about his patients' smile (teeth) and I will continue to come back to him for any orthodontic care.
Will Heemsoth
Will Heemsoth
21:02 11 Oct 17
Dr Knight and his staff are amazing. My son's treatment went very well and we are tremendously happy with the results. Scheduling was super easy and we always got in and out on time.
David Jones
David Jones
16:54 05 Oct 17
Dr. Knight is an expert and simply one of the best orthodontics in the area. His staff are very friendly and professional. I highly recommend, especially if you have a complex or difficult case .
Beth Searcy
Beth Searcy
01:54 07 Sep 17
My issue was more complicated than simply braces to straighten teeth - it included extensive jaw advancement surgery as well. Dr Knight and his staff were great through the entire 18 month process - always available, always willing to answer any questions and they also maintained constant communication with the surgeon so that everyone was always on the same page which was very comforting.
Harrison Bratton
Harrison Bratton
22:27 01 Sep 17
Staff is great, extremely helpful and reliable. Dr.Knight suggests the best things for you and is very good at his job. My smile is bigger and brighter thanks to them !
Reggie Smith
Reggie Smith
20:53 10 Aug 17
All 4 of my children have had braces at Dr. Knight. He's been been wonderful and I'd highly recommend him. His staff have been really great to work with as well!
Marla Harris
Marla Harris
19:52 09 Aug 17
Dr. Knight and his staff have been wonderful throughout the entire process starting with braces for my daughter and now my son. Both of my children had positive experiences with Dr. Knight and his staff. I would highly recommend Knight Orthodontics to anyone. Thanks for making my children's smiles even more beautiful!Marla Harris
thomas troxtle
thomas troxtle
19:20 14 Jun 17
Dr. Knight and his team are remarkable! I can't give enough positive feedback about them. Caring, kind, attentive and personal. It is definitely 100% about the clients. Great work. Life changing. 10 out of 5 stars!!
Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark
00:28 04 Jun 17
I have enjoyed my second round of wearing braces. He has done an excellent job correcting my bite and the time flew by. Before I knew it, my braces were coming off. Dr. Knight and his team really care and take an interest. I used the emergency number, after hours, and Dr. Knight was there for me. When my children come to the point in their life when they will need orthodontics, I will make their appointments with Dr. Knight! Thank you, Dr. Knight and team!
Macreena Groody
Macreena Groody
21:21 02 Jun 17
I've been coming to Knight Orthodontics since I was in grade school. The team is so friendly and professional, you will always be greeted with a smile. Dr. Knight and his incredible staff make me feel right at home. Dr. Knight has done an amazing job not just on my own teeth, but on my mom and brother's as well. I highly recommend this office!
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