Oral
Hygiene

While the end result of orthodontic care is a more beautiful smile, you will notice that it is much harder to keep teeth clean while wearing braces. Because food compacts in the brackets and between the teeth, it is important to brush and floss. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. So, brushing after meals should become a regular part of your daily routine.

Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth. Brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Braces are good for your teeth, but hard on your toothbrush. It will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray. A water pick can also be very helpful, but cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to teeth. And don’t forget to floss…every day! We recommend during active orthodontic treatment that you visit your general dentist every 4 months for a cleaning. This extra cleaning recommendation is part of our commitment to excellent oral hygiene for all our patients.

These tips may help you keep your teeth cleaner and your breath fresher.

  1. First, GENTLY brush back and forth between the wires and gums to loosen food particles. Start on the upper, and then do the lower, keeping your teeth apart while you brush.
  2. These tips may help you keep your teeth cleaner and your breath fresher.
    1. Start on the outside of the uppers with the bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gum. Brush with a circular motion 2 teeth at a time, at least 10 strokes in each area. Be sure the tips of the bristles reach under the wires to the gums. Work from the right to left on the upper, and then do the same on the lower teeth.
    2. Next, use the same pattern and brush the inner surfaces of the upper, and then the lower teeth.
    3. Brush the chewing surfaces last.
  3. Rinse your mouth and toothbrush. LOOK IN A MIRROR to see it you have missed any place. Check the little half-moon spaces of tooth between the bands and gums. If you see any areas you have missed, clean them NOW.

We are looking forward to working with you during the time of your treatment. Let’s work together to keep your appliance in good condition.

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"Thank you, Dr. Kozak, For making my children's smiles so fantastic. For fixing there teeth so that they are no longer self-conscious of there smiles. This is the first time in a long time that I've truly felt that "I've gotten my money's worth--and more". Dr. Kozak and his colleagues at Kozak Orthodontics exceeded my expectations 10 fold, while being a perfectionist with the eye of an artist and a stickler for detail my children's teeth are more beautiful than I could ever have expected . The team at Kozak Orthodontics takes the time to get to know there patients and develop a comfortable relationships with them. Visits are friendly and quick. Kozak Orthodontics offers incentives and rewards for good Orthodontic care. They also initiate fun contests for there patients throughout the year. And what more can you say about Dr. Kozaks staff. They make you feel that they are there for you and you leave feeling that you have known them for years even after the very first visit. Kozaks staff is more than just a team but as a group of good friends working together to make BIGGER SMILES!!!! After 9 years and two sets of braces I have one thing to say THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!"

David Blanchard

To the Team at Kozak Ortho, I'd first like to say, over the past 8 years, with my oldest daughter and now the past 2 years with my youngest daughter, your staff has been nothing but professional and it's been a pleasure to have you Dr. Kozak , and your wonderful staff to assist in creating unbelievable smiles for both of my daughters. The path with our oldest, has been long and trying and after 3 sets of braces and double madibular jaw surgery by your referred surgeon, the results have been remarkably worth it all! And to this day, Kayla still loves coming to see you all !! As far as my youngest, she wouldn't ever let the dentist near her, and then she found her oldest sisters ortho, and from the beginning was nothing but comfortable and anxious to get to her appointments and to get her "Kozak cash" for doing a good job! She just got her braces off in August 2011, and her smile is beautiful! For anyone who's hesitant about not knowing the Kozak team, I give you my word, there is no one I'd rather have spent all these years with. They have all become like family to us. Thank You, soo very much for all your care you have given my girls and I !

The Milliken Family

"My daughter was there earlier this week and had a great conversation with Casey, her technician. A few days later she received a card in the mail from her wishing her a great school year. Not only that but there were mentions of some of the personal topics they talked about. It really meant a lot to her and she was so excited!!! Thanks so much to Casey!!!!"

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