Oral Hygiene

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxybrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxybrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxybrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Topical Fluoride

PreviDent is a 1.1% sodium fluoride gel that strengthens and protects your teeth while you are wearing braces. Available by prescription only, PreviDent is a brush-on gel designed for use at home. It comes in two different flavors and has proven 91% effective in preventing early tooth decay.

We recommend using PreviDent once a day (preferably at bedtime), in addition to your daily brushing and flossing routine. The topical fluoride can be applied onto a toothbrush or a mouthpiece tray. Place a small strip of PreviDent on a toothbrush or into the tray and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. To achieve the best results, do not eat, drink or rinse for 30 minutes.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.