During orthodontic treatment, it is even more important to maintain a proper oral hygiene. The brackets, bands and wires of braces make it easy for food particles to become trapped and more difficult to clean them away. If the patient’s oral hygiene is poor, the plaque that remains on the teeth for prolonged period of time will decalcify the enamel, initially creating white spots which can develop into cavities. Dental decay in orthodontic treatment is one of the factors that imperils and complicates therapy, especially when it occurs as a consequence of compromised oral hygiene.

The major enemy of oral health is plaque. Food that becomes trapped near tooth surfaces can lead to the formation of plaque – a thin coating of microorganisms and organic debris containing potentially harmful bacteria. The bacteria in plaque digest the sugar in food, producing acids which may erode teeth and irritate the gums. This can cause cavities, white spots on teeth, gum disease and bad breath.

The ways to keep plaque under control are through proper brushing, flossing and regular professional care. Taking good care of braces is essential for avoiding complications while they’re on and ending up with great-looking teeth once they’re off. No matter how much money, pain, and time you’ve already invested in your braces, proper oral care is still the key to walking away with a beautiful, healthy smile.

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