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Orthodontist For Braces & Invisalign

Herriman: 801.758.8888
Jordan Landing: 801.280.5377
Duchesne: 435.315.0095

Braces Care & Maintenance

Brushing & Flossing with Braces

Braces Care And MaintenanceBrushing and flossing your teeth and braces properly is important to your oral hygiene — but you are probably wondering what’s the best way to do that. Let’s begin with your essential brushing tool. Either a soft-bristle brush or a bi-level brush (one that has shorter bristles in the middle and longer bristles at the edges) is the most effective. Used carefully, your electric toothbrush can work just as well. However, make sure your electric brush is set to a moderate or low power level, and don’t let its vibrations cause the back of the brush head to hit your brackets or braces!

Brushing

In addition to regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, you may encounter trouble cleaning the areas near and around brackets and wires. There are some special tools that can help! One option is the interdental toothbrush, or proxabrush. It has a small tuft of bristles that encase a flexible wire, much like a pipe cleaner. Use it gently and carefully to clean the narrow spaces under your wires and around your bands and brackets.

Another option for getting the hard to reach places is the oral irrigator or “water pick.” This device shoots a small stream of pressurized water, which can help dislodge bits of food that become trapped in nearly impossible to reach spots in and around the brackets. While it’s easy to use, an oral irrigator isn’t a substitute for a toothbrush or dental floss. When used in conjunction with proper brushing and flossing techniques, it can be very effective.

Flossing

Flossing is extremely important in maintaining healthy gums and a healthy smile with braces. To keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, you need to floss at least once per day, and potentially twice per day if your teeth are crowded. You may be wondering how you get floss under the archwire of your braces. It’s not too hard with the help of a small floss threader. Using this device is somewhat like threading a needle. You pull one end of floss through the threader, and then push the threader — carrying with it a free end of the floss — under the archwire. Wrap each free end of floss around your fingers, and slide the floss gently between every tooth, and all the way under the gums. Repeat for each section in your mouth until complete.

Brushing & Flossing with Invisalign

One major advantage of the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen systems is that your trays can be removed for easy cleaning. Please don’t neglect to do this! You’ll need to brush your teeth and trays after every meal or snack so that food and plaque do not get trapped in the aligners, which could promote tooth decay and gum disease.

Also, please keep in mind that while wearing clear aligners is very different from wearing braces, the importance of retaining your post-treatment results is exactly the same.

Taking Care of Invisalign Aligners and Clear Retainers 

Brush with a dish soap to prevent cloudiness, and we recommend you have a second toothbrush for dish soap use. Aligners and retainers should not be boiled or bleached – instead use effervescent tablets or Retainer Brite to refresh them.

5-STAR-RATED ORTHODONTISTS IN HERRIMAN, UT,
JORDAN LANDING, UT & DUCHESNE, UT

Everyone is so nice but especially Dr. Dansie! He's the best!! I've had two children get braces here and they have the most beautiful smiles. Loved our experience here!

- Robin

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Dr. Dansie is one of the most committed and caring orthodontists I've ever met. He is willing to go 10 extra miles at least for his patients and all of his patients love him. He is a great clinical orthodontist and very nice. I highly recommend him

- Dr. Teifer
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A huge thank you to Dansie Orthodontics and especially Dr. Dansie for performing one of the nicest acts of kindness anyone has done for me. Dr. Dansie would go over the top for anyone and is passionate about improving the health of his patients! Thank you Dansie!

- Keaton

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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Dansie Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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5-STAR-RATED ORTHODONTISTS IN HERRIMAN, UT, JORDAN LANDING, UT & DUCHESNE, UT

Everyone is so nice but especially Dr. Dansie! He's the best!! I've had two children get braces here and they have the most beautiful smiles. Loved our experience here!

- Robin

robin five star review

Dr. Dansie is one of the most committed and caring orthodontists I've ever met. He is willing to go 10 extra miles at least for his patients and all of his patients love him. He is a great clinical orthodontist and very nice. I highly recommend him

- Dr. Teifer
dr Teifer five star review

A huge thank you to Dansie Orthodontics and especially Dr. Dansie for performing one of the nicest acts of kindness anyone has done for me. Dr. Dansie would go over the top for anyone and is passionate about improving the health of his patients! Thank you Dansie!

- Keaton

keaton five star review

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Dansie Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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HERRIMAN ORTHODONTICS OFFICE
11996 S Anthem Park Blvd, Suite 100
Herriman, UT 84096
801.758.8888

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JORDAN LANDING ORTHODONTICS OFFICE
7478 South Campus View Drive, Suite #201
West Jordan, Utah 84084
801.675.8946

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DUCHESNE ORTHODONTICS OFFICE
51 East 800 North Suite 1B
Duchesne, UT 84021
435.315.0095

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