Why is oral hygiene important?
Keeping your oral hygiene in check will help you prevent gum disease, bad breath and tooth decay that can lead to damaged, loose or failing teeth, as well as plenty of discomfort and the need for additional dental treatment and attention.
Failing to brush for at least two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste will allow the buildup of bacteria which forms into plaque. This damages the tooth enamel and can lead to a range of health problems.
Before any orthodontic treatment begins, your orthodontist will thoroughly check your mouth and gums to ensure your teeth are in a fit state to be straightened. If there are any signs of disease, infection or decay, the process of straightening teeth - which applies consistent pressure to permanently move them in the mouth - can be dangerous, leading to damaged teeth and gums, or issues with the jawbone and supporting structure of the teeth.
As well as this, failure to maintain good oral hygiene while wearing braces can lead to gum disease, decay or infections during the treatment. If this occurs, your orthodontist will have no choice but to stop the treatment early, potentially delaying your new straighter and more confident smile by a considerable length of time.