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Dental Patient Care for Orthodontics

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The main goals of orthodontic patient care are to identify, prevent, and treat abnormalities of the teeth and face, especially those that have to do with jaw and tooth alignment. 

While addressing issues with alignment and malocclusions is important, the job of an orthodontist does not stop there. To ensure that your patients maintain excellent teeth health, it is important to conduct routine assessments of their teeth and encourage them to care for their teeth, especially if they have orthodontic devices. 

This might involve brushing regularly with specialized brushes, such as interdental brushes, to ensure that bacteria do not build up in prostheses and scheduling regular cleaning by a professional to prevent tooth damage.

You can recommend that patients carry a “first aid kit” with them to address any issues that may arise with their braces or other orthodontic appliances. 

These kits typically include products that the person might need when out and about and experiencing an issue. 

Elastic bands, wax, applicators, and more often form part of a first aid kit and can be used by patients to ensure that their devices are working correctly and are not causing any pain or issues with their teeth.

Absolutely. There are products on the market that can be used to preserve oral health and ensure the longevity of dental appliances. This includes the following:

  • Denture brushes. These specialized brushes are made with gentle bristles to clean orthodontic devices without causing any damage to them.
  • Dental Wax. Orthodontic wax can be applied to the brackets and wires of braces to help soothe and prevent irritation of the inner lips and cheeks.
  • Floss of interdental brushes. To get a good clean and prevent the buildup of bacteria and dirt between teeth, these products are often recommended.
  • Water Flosser. A water flosser can be a great addition for those with braces, as it uses a stream of pulsating water to remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line, as well as around the braces.

Simply advising patients to purchase these supplies is not enough to promote excellent dental health. You will need to encourage them to use the products routinely to enjoy the maximum benefits.

When selecting orthodontic wax, consider factors such as allergens, flavor, consistency, and ease of application to ensure comfort and effectiveness. Opt for waxes that are either unflavored or come in a flavor you find pleasant, and pay attention to the texture—some waxes are softer and easier to mold, while others are firmer and hold up better during the day. Most waxes are clear or translucent, making them less noticeable, and are usually packaged in compact containers for easy portability. Check user reviews and consult with your orthodontist for recommendations on brands or types that have worked well for others. Additionally, consider the price and availability to ensure you're getting good value, especially if you will be using the wax frequently throughout your orthodontic treatment.

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