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Oral Hygiene

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush 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

Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

Common Problems

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.


The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.


The uper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.


Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause a number of unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.


Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.


Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Dental Midlines not Matched

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which may negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.


Treatment Issues

Our orthodontic office serving Gilbert, Az and the East Valley is always here for you. Day or night, you can contact our office and we will assist you as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing orthodontic discomfort, we ask that you not head directly to the office. Instead, call us so we can walk you through a little troubleshooting at home. This will alleviate your discomfort and allow you to visit us when it is most convenient for you, which usually does not coincide with the moment something goes wrong. We do ask, however, that our patients do not put off calling us just because they can temporarily fix the issue at home; we want to ensure you receive the best treatment results possible, and in some cases, you will need to see us ASAP.


Loose Appliances

If you have a bracket or band that feels loose, our office needs to know right away. When your appliance is not as tight as prescribed, you are not getting the results you need. Once you call us, we will get you in as soon as possible to get your appliance back in order. If a bracket comes off your appliance, make sure you bring it with you to your scheduled appointment. If you experience a problem outside of our office hours or cannot get in to see us immediately, we will walk you through a few steps you can take to make the situation more comfortable for you. You can reach us after hours on our after-hours line.


When we place appliances, we let our patients know that they will experience wire irritations; it is a standard, if unwanted, part of treatment. When you experience this irritation, you do not need to suffer them; there are things you can do to reduce the irritation.

In general, all you will need to do is push the wire away from the area of the mouth it is irritating. You can do this using the eraser end of a pencil, or even a cotton swab. If the wire is not flexible or you just cannot achieve the right positioning, cover it with dental wax. This will reduce the irritation and allow your mouth to become used to the foreign object.

If the wire is causing more pain than discomfort, something can be done. Please contact our office in so we can help.