The Big Four

We are looking forward to helping you achieve an even more gorgeous smile. Please know, orthodontic treatment is a team effort. We need your commitment in four areas. 

The Big Four: 

1.  Keep everything clean so your teeth and gums stay healthy. 
2. Avoid hard and sticky foods and objects that may damage your braces. 
3. Remember your appointments and be on time. 
4. Follow instructions exactly and wear elastics, retainers, or other devices prescribed to you. 

We want you, even our young patients, to take responsibility for your orthodontic outcome. That's why during the start of treatment we ask you sign a contract to pledge your . While not legally binding, signing your name puts some skin in the game.  After all, it's a big investment of time and money. 

What do we commit to? 

We accept responsibility for implementing your treatment plan and providing the highest quality orthodontics in the shortest possible time for a fair price. 

The Basics in Care

Brush after every meal.

Clean with your auxiliary brush and floss every night after dinner.

Apply prescription grade fluoride gel after you have cleaned your teeth and leave it work overnight. 

Avoid hard and sticky foods. You might pop a bracket! 

In the rare occasion that something breaks, please follow this protocol:

  • If a bracket or wire is loose but not hurting call the office the next business day for a repair appointment.
  • If painful then call 937-773-0792 immediately for instructions.

What causes Decay? How Can I Prevent It?

Three things need to be present to have dental decay:

  1. Susceptible, exposed tooth structure 
  2.  The microorganisms in dental plaque 
  3. .Sugar as a nutrient 

 Remove any one of them and decay cannot happen! 

So here's the game plan:

  1. We'll reduce susceptible exposed tooth structures by placing sealers on the facial surfaces before braces are bonded to the teeth. 
  2. We use fluoride to increase the resistance of the enamel to tooth decay. Fluoride is in the bonding agents that hold the brackets in place. 
  3. With more explanation in person, we may recommend you take a prevident 5000 Fluoride (Rx) fluoride supplement once a day. 
  4. We may recommend a topical fluoride varnish professionally applied at 3-6 month intervals by your dentist. Of course, we're happy to answer any of your fluoride questions. 
  5. Reduce microorganisms by brushing and cleaning your teeth. See our other blog posts on the proper steps. 
  6. Reduce your sugar exposure, especially between meal snacks. Not so fun fact: it takes up to 20 minutes for your mouth to clear each bite or sip of sugar containing food or drink. If you must have sugar, use a straw. 

Cavity Prevention Plan

The goal is to have straight healthy teeth and gums at the end of your orthodontic treatment. We'll take care of the straight part, it's your job to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Decay and gingivitis is not pretty and you can actually scar your teeth by not brushing. 

We advise you to brush your teeth after every time you eat, but it's most important to clean after dinner and before bed. It's a bit of a ritual, but your results depend on it. Here are the steps:

1.  Brush with a manual toothbrush or Oral-B Electric Brush.  Use Crest Pro-Health or Colgate Total toothpaste; these are the Doctor's recommendations. 

2. Floss with SuperFloss or SoftPicks

3. Use the proxy brush we provide you

4.  Kill remaining bacteria with a mouth wash. We recommend an antimicrobial mouth rinse like Listerine or Crest Pro-Health.