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If you are currently aligning your smile with Invisalign®, then you need to do certain things to keep your teeth, gums and appliance in the best shape possible. One of those things is keep up on oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is vital if you want a successful orthodontic treatment. So, our orthodontist, Dr. Phil Santucci, is happy to help you keep up on oral hygiene by giving you the following oral hygiene guidelines:

-Brush after each meal: Brushing can remove the food particles, bacteria and plaque that cling to your teeth and gums as you eat. If you fail to brush after each meal, those harmful substances can be trapped under the aligner all day, which can promote dental issues. So, keep your toothbrush and toothpaste with you and brush after each meal.

-Floss at least once a day: Flossing can clean between your teeth and along the gums, which can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. It’s important to floss daily, but if you can floss more, like after each meal, you should.

-Attend your routine dental checkups: Dental cleanings and exams help you have the top-notch smile and oral health you deserve. They also help you have a more convenient orthodontic journey because they reduce your chances of suffering dental issues. So, please remember to attend your checkups regularly.

-Clean your aligner: You can do so by rinsing it under water each time you take it out of your mouth. You can also clean your aligner by using the special Invisalign cleaning kit as recommended.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Phoenix, Arizona, please contact Santucci Orthodontics today and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. All you need to do is dial 480-948-8618 and we will be thrilled to give you the answers, tips and information you need. We look forward to helping you!