Our team at Noorani Orthodontics knows that there are many ways you can protect your pearly whites throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you follow the rules and brush your teeth twice a day, floss often, and protect your appliances from damage, you should have a successful treatment.
But did you know there is another way to keep your teeth sparkling and healthy during your time wearing braces?
Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay to keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical applied directly on the teeth or as part of your diet in a supplement. The most commonly used is the topical form found in toothpaste or in a fluoride rinse. Our team at Noorani Orthodontics recommends fluoride to help maintain healthy teeth for children, teens, and adults undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Fluoride used in an orthodontic or dental office is a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash you can buy over the counter at your local grocery or drug store. If your general dentist prescribes a fluoride product, it usually only takes just a few minutes to apply after your regular cleaning. Once applied, it is suggested patients not eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride.
Your general dentist will determine how often to repeat the fluoride process; every 6 months – once a year, especially for kids who poor brushing habits. Additional in-house fluoride products such as mouthwashes are highly recommended for additional protection of your teeth during treatment to prevent decalcification or white marks around the braces due to poor brushing habits. So obviously, when all is said and done… fluoride is your friend during orthodontic treatment.
We recommend Colgate® Phos-Flur® Rinse that is specially formulated for orthodontic patients, and helps reduce the appearance of white spots. Safe, great-tasting and easy to use, Phos-Flur® Rinse provides clinically proven fluoride protection.
When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness when using a dental product.
If you have any other questions about fluoride rinse or your treatment, please don't hesitate to give us a call!
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