Getting orthodontic work from the right dental office is a good start, but if you really want to make the most of your smile and keep your mouth healthy, practicing good oral hygiene is a must. Because it can be harder to clean your teeth while you’re wearing braces, debris and stains can set in, laying the groundwork for cavities or other problems.

With that in mind, here are a handful of steps Bloom Orthodontics patients can use during and after their treatment:

Brush and floss regularly. Obviously, this is good advice for everyone, and not just Bloom Orthodontics patients. Still, brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day are important to the health of your mouth, regardless of whether you’re using braces, retainers, or other orthodontic treatments.

Use lots of water. By rinsing your mouth with water, you can sweep away particles and debris that you might not be able to reach with a toothbrush or floss. Make a point of rinsing every time you brush your teeth at least a few times. This will have the added benefit of making your mouth feel fresher.

Look in a mirror. It only takes a second to inspect your mouth, and especially the area around your braces or orthodontic appliances, after you brush your teeth. And, in a moment you might be able to spot something you missed the first time around.

Avoid sweet and sticky foods. These can stick to teeth, especially in the areas in and around braces or other orthodontic appliances. You don’t have to eliminate them from your diet altogether, but make them a rare treat.

Clean orthodontic appliances carefully. Anything that goes into your mouth, and especially Invisalign retainers or orthodontic appliances, should be cleaned regularly and carefully. We’ll provide you with a kit and instructions to ensure you don’t damage them during cleaning.

Remember that good oral hygiene isn’t just about making your mouth pretty, but also keeping your teeth healthy and avoiding things like cavities and infections. Keeping that in mind will help you to take a little bit of extra time when caring for your teeth during your orthodontic care. Before long, these habits will become second nature and you’ll be well on the way to a healthier smile for life.

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Dr. Vu is great! Very informative and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable with her treating my son and I myself decided to get my teeth straightened with Invisalign. I am very happy with my results thus far. The office as a whole is awesome, very professional and attentive. All appointments are on time. I highly recommend Bloom Orthodontics.

Robert H.

Dr. Vu is amazing!!!! My mom use to never smile with teeth because she was embarrassed about her teeth. My mom's dream is to have straight beautiful teeth so she moved forward with Dr. Vu. After 18 months my mom is now soooo happy and smiles showing her beautiful straight teeth everyday! Thank Dr. Vu for making my mom's dream come true!!! With my mom's experience I look forward to having Dr. Vu help me with Invisalign since after braces I did not continue with wearing my retainers!

Cherri P.

I just got my braces off after two years and I am so happy with the results! Dr. Vu and her team are so nice and they truly performed a miracle for me! Thank you Bloom Ortho!

Allison C.

This office is excellent for many reasons. First and foremost, Dr. Vu is so talented and knowledgeable. She knows exactly what is she doing. She has graduated from one of the best dentistry schools in the country which is USC. Her assistants, Priscilla and her friends, are nice and easy to deal with. The receptionist is very good and gives you flexible appointments. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and family members.

Ibraham A.

If you’re looking for a great orthodontist, go to Dr. Vu at Bloom Orthodontics. Everyone in the office is pleasant and professional. Amazing client care, and my daughter couldn’t be happier with her new braces!

Crystal H.

USC and UCLA trained, Board-Certified Orthodontist

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