White spots on teeth are sometimes occurring naturally or may result from the use of certain products such as fluoride. Too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which is characterized by the appearance of spots on the teeth. Although fixed orthodontic appliances (braces) are a source of food and dental plaque retention, it is possible to keep the teeth and appliances clean during orthodontic treatment with good dental hygiene and by following certain basic rules.
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Some facts about oral hygiene and orthodontics:
Bacteria found in dental plaque accumulating on the teeth cause caries and tooth decalcification. The bacteria produce acid, which progressively dissolves the tooth surface. This can lead to decalcification (surface staining) and eventually to caries. Although a certain individual variation in susceptibility to caries exists, the best way to avoid caries and stains is to have an impeccable oral hygiene and to follow the hygiene instructions given to you at the beginning of treatment. Proper oral hygiene techniques will be demonstrated to you to make sure that you understand them.
Regardless of how well we clean and prepare your teeth before we put your braces on, only adequate oral hygiene during the whole duration of treatment will keep them clean. We will straighten your teeth but taking care of them and of your appliances is your responsibility! Brush well, have good oral hygiene and you will be able to participate in our hygiene contests and may win prizes while keeping your teeth and mouth healthy!
Dental plaque bacteria adhering to tooth surface and causing dental caries.
Dental plaque… a big party happening on your teeth!