Ortho Care

Ortho Care

Embarking on a journey with an orthodontic appliance is a commitment to achieving a beautifully aligned smile and optimal oral health. Caring for their orthodontic appliance is essential for the success of each patient’s orthodontic treatment and for attaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Diligent oral hygiene, mindful dietary choices, and protective measures during activities are crucial to prevent complications and ensure braces effectively align teeth.

Regular check-ups with our orthodontist at Williams & Hamman Orthodontics, and addressing common challenges promptly contribute to the overall success of the treatment. Beyond orthodontic treatment, these habits instill a foundation for lifelong oral health, emphasizing the importance of consistency and patience throughout the orthodontic journey. By investing time and effort into caring for their orthodontic appliances, individuals not only enhance the effectiveness of their treatment but also set the stage for a confident and radiant smile that lasts a lifetime.

Problems Caused by Poor Oral Hygiene

Gum Disease

Poor oral hygiene significantly contributes to gum disease, ranging from gingivitis to severe periodontitis. Gingivitis causes inflammation of the gums, while untreated cases can lead to infections, receding gums, and even tooth loss in advanced stages. 

Bad Breath

The bacteria in plaque and food particles left in the mouth can produce unpleasant odors, leading to chronic bad breath. This condition, known as halitosis, not only affects personal confidence but may also be indicative of underlying dental issues. 

Staining and Discoloration

Neglecting regular oral care can result in the buildup of surface stains on teeth. Over time, this can lead to discoloration, robbing the smile of its natural brightness and affecting a person's self-esteem. 

How to Care For Your Orthodontic Appliance?

Excellent Oral Hygiene

The foundation of caring for your orthodontic appliance and smile lies in impeccable oral hygiene. Brushing regularly using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste is a must. Ensure thorough cleaning around the brackets and wires, reaching all surfaces of your teeth. Flossing with orthodontic tools like floss threaders is crucial for removing plaque between teeth and around wires. Rinse with an antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash to strengthen enamel and combat bacteria. 

Mindful Dietary Choices

Your diet plays a pivotal role in the health of your teeth and the durability of your braces. Avoid sticky and chewy foods that can adhere to brackets, making cleaning challenging. Opt for softer alternatives and reduce the intake of hard foods that could damage the brackets or wires. Say no to sugary and acidic drinks that contribute to plaque buildup, opting for water or milk to maintain a healthy oral environment. 

Protect Your Braces During Activities

If you engage in sports or activities with a risk of impact, safeguard your braces with a custom-fit mouthguard designed for orthodontic appliances. This protects your mouth and ensures the integrity of your braces during physical activities. 

Regular Orthodontic Check-Ups

Scheduled appointments with our orthodontist in Southaven, MS, are pivotal for monitoring your treatment progress and making necessary adjustments. Attend these appointments diligently to ensure your orthodontic appliance is functioning as intended and your treatment plan remains on track. 

Remember, your commitment to caring for your orthodontic appliance is an investment in your smile's lasting beauty and health. For more information, visit Williams & Hamman Orthodontics at 399 Southcrest Ct., Suite B, Southaven, MS 38671, or 5036 Goodman Rd. #118, Olive Branch, MS 38654. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at (662) 349-2196 or (662) 892-8489.


399 Southcrest Ct Suite B, Southaven, MS 38671

Phone: (662) 349-2196

Email: nathanrhamman@gmail.com

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5036 Goodman Rd. #118, Olive Branch, MS 38654

Phone: (662) 892-8489

Email: nathanrhamman@gmail.com

  • MON8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • TUE8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • WEDBy appointments only
  • THU8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • FRIBy appointments only
  • SAT - SUNClosed
Contact Us