Top Tips for Oral Health During Orthodontic Treatment

Maintaining oral health is essential during orthodontic treatment. At Buck and Johnston Orthodontics, we are deeply committed to educating patients on effective oral hygiene practices. Dr. Robert Buck and Dr. Fayth Johnston’s expertise ensures that every patient is well-informed and prepared for optimal dental care throughout their treatment. Let’s begin by understanding the impact of orthodontic treatments on oral health and how to effectively address any challenges.

Understanding Orthodontic Treatment and Oral Health

Orthodontic treatments, such as braces and aligners, demand special attention to oral hygiene due to the unique challenges they present:

Increased Risk of Plaque Build-Up: The brackets and wires in braces, or the surfaces of aligners, create additional nooks and crannies in the mouth, making it easier for plaque to accumulate.
Difficulty in Cleaning: Properly cleaning around orthodontic appliances is more challenging, requiring specialized techniques and tools.
Potential for Gum Problems: Trapped food particles and plaque can lead to gum disease and tooth decay if oral hygiene is not meticulously maintained.

It’s vital for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to adapt their oral care routine to address these issues:

Enhanced Brushing Technique: Brushing after every meal using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Special Flossing Tools: Employing tools like orthodontic floss or water flossers to clean hard-to-reach areas effectively.
Regular Check-Ups: Visiting the orthodontist regularly for adjustments and professional cleanings.

Adapting these practices helps in mitigating the risks associated with orthodontic treatments and reinforces the health of teeth and gums throughout the treatment process. In the next section, we’ll explore the daily oral hygiene practices essential for maintaining optimal oral health during your orthodontic journey.

Daily Oral Hygiene Practices

Ensuring your smile stays bright and healthy during orthodontic treatment involves adopting specific daily hygiene habits. At Buck and Johnston Orthodontics, we recommend the following practices:

Brushing with Precision:

  • Adopt a technique that targets the areas around brackets and wires.
  • Consider using an electric toothbrush for more effective cleaning.
  • Flossing with Care:
  • Employ tools like interdental brushes to navigate around braces with ease.
  • Gentle flossing is key to avoiding damage to wires and brackets.

Rinsing Regularly:

  • Include a fluoride rinse in your routine to strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Rinsing helps dislodge food particles and reduce bacteria.
  • Replacing Toothbrushes Frequently:
  • Change your toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
  • A fresh toothbrush is more effective at cleaning around orthodontic appliances.

Incorporating these practices into your daily routine will help safeguard your oral health. Up next, we’ll explore the role of diet and nutrition during orthodontic treatment, offering practical advice to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Diet and Nutrition During Orthodontic Treatment

Navigating your diet during orthodontic treatment is crucial for maintaining oral health. At Buck and Johnston Orthodontics, Dr. Robert Buck and Dr. Fayth Johnston emphasize the importance of mindful eating. Here’s what they suggest:

Foods to Avoid:

  • Sticky foods (e.g., caramel, chewing gum) that can damage braces.
  • Hard foods (e.g., nuts, hard candies) to prevent bracket breakage.

Beneficial Foods:
Soft fruits, vegetables, and dairy products for essential nutrients.
Whole grains and lean proteins for overall health and well-being.

Snacking Smartly:

  • Opt for braces-friendly snacks like yogurt or soft fruits.
  • Avoid sugary and acidic drinks to reduce the risk of tooth decay.


  • Drink plenty of water to help cleanse your mouth and stay hydrated.
  • Limit sugary drinks and opt for water or milk instead.

By following these guidelines from Buck and Johnston Orthodontics, you can ensure your diet supports your orthodontic treatment and oral health. Next, we’ll explore the importance of regular dental check-ups and professional cleaning.

Frequent Check-Ups and Professional Care
Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings are essential for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Here’s why they are important:

Early Detection of Issues: Regular check-ups allow for the early identification of potential oral health problems, such as cavities or gum disease, which can be more challenging to spot with braces.

Professional Cleaning: Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar build-up that is difficult to clean at home, especially around braces.

Guidance and Adjustments: Visits to Buck and Johnston Orthodontics provide an opportunity for Dr. Buck or Dr. Johnston to make necessary adjustments to your braces and offer personalized advice on oral care.

Maintaining Overall Oral Health: Regular check-ups ensure that your oral health is on track and your orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned.

In the next section, we’ll explore how to manage orthodontic emergencies and discomfort, ensuring your treatment experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Managing Orthodontic Emergencies and Discomfort
Orthodontic emergencies and discomfort, though rare, can happen. Here’s how to manage them effectively:

Handling Common Orthodontic Emergencies:

Broken Wire or Loose Bracket: If a wire breaks or a bracket becomes loose, contact Buck and Johnston Orthodontics immediately. In the meantime, use orthodontic wax to cover any sharp ends and prevent injury to your mouth’s interior.
Misplaced Aligner: If you misplace an aligner, get in touch with our office. Use your previous aligner to maintain progress until a replacement is provided.

Managing Discomfort or Pain:

Mild Pain or Discomfort: It’s common to experience some discomfort after adjustments. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can be effective. Additionally, soft foods can reduce strain on your teeth during this period.
Irritation from Braces: Orthodontic wax is a great solution for irritation caused by braces. Apply it to any part of your braces causing discomfort.

Remember, Buck and Johnston Orthodontics is always available to provide support and guidance through any orthodontic emergency or discomfort. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

Expert Care, Lasting Results from Buck and Johnston Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment, guided by the expert care of Dr. Buck and Dr. Johnston, demands diligent oral health practices. Their dedicated approach helps patients in Anahuac, Baytown, Channelview, Crosby, Dayton, Highlands, Mont Belvieu, Northshore, and surrounding areas navigate through hygiene routines, dietary changes, and orthodontic emergencies with ease. For a treatment experience backed by professional support and personalized advice, consider scheduling a consultation at Johnston Orthodontics!