If you don’t keep your teeth and gums healthy during treatment, your orthodontist might have to remove your braces or stop your treatment until your teeth and gums are healthy again. As such, you’ll need to be extra careful with daily brushing and flossing.
Food can easily get stuck in fixed braces, and aligners remain in your mouth for long periods. Both can attract the bacteria that forms plaque and tartar, which if not cleaned away, can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
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Remember to continue with your regular dental check-ups, and to attend visits to a dental hygienist throughout your treatment - they will help you make sure you’re keeping your teeth and gums healthy.