The Damon braces used in Dr. Beck's office are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to clean. Elastic bands and attachments used with conventional braces attract plaque, while the small Damon brackets with self-contained doors make brushing and flossing simple.
A manual toothbrush designed for braces does a great job in keeping teeth clean and healthy when wearing braces. Dr. Beck also recommends the Philips Sonicare, a battery charged toothbrush. The Sonicare has a built-in timer, reminding patients that adequate time is needed to keep the braces clean. The brush design of a Sonicare is gentle and safe on the gums and the orthodontic braces. It also has a sanitizer for the reusable brush head.
Dr. Beck recommends all patients use a fluoride toothpaste as well as PreviDent 5000 Booster, a prescription-strength toothpaste. Extensive research has shown that fluoride can help repair early stages of tooth decay and strengthen the surface of tooth enamel. Our patients also use floss threaders to ease the problems associated with braces and flossing. Daily flossing eliminates plaque between the teeth too difficult to remove with a toothbrush.
Our office recommends all orthodontic patients see their family dentist for regular check-ups. The dentist will be able to examine and clean the teeth while braces are on and will be happy to see the progress being made with the orthodontic treatment.