Useful Items For RTO Orthodontic Patients
Keep these materials on hand to help with the most common orthodontic maintenance and minor emergencies:
- Interdental Or Proxabrushes – These brushes fit between teeth and help patients to clean around wires without damaging them.
- Non-Medicated Orthodontic Relief Wax – This can be placed over brackets or wires that may be irritating gum tissues. This can be especially helpful at night when sleeping when your mouth may get drier than during the day time when you can regularly hydrate.
- Antibacterial Mouthwash – Use this to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. For minor sores in the mouth, Peroxyl, an antiseptic rinse containing hydrogen peroxide may be used up to 4 times per day after brushing. Refer to the product label for specific instructions.
- Dental Floss, An Interproximal Brush, Or A Toothpick – Use any of these items for removing food that gets caught between teeth or wires.
- Sterile Tweezers – Use them to replace orthodontic rubber bands that have come off.
- Q-Tip Or Pencil Eraser – These are good tools to push a wire up against a tooth if it has come loose and is irritating the cheeks or gums. If it is not possible to reposition the wire so it is more comfortable, place wax over the end of the wire and call our office so that we can set a time to have the wire adjusted and put back into place.
- Salt & Water – Used for warm salt-water rinses, which help heal sore gums and tissues in the mouth.
- Non-Prescription Pain Relievers – Acetaminophen or ibuprofen, for example, can help with the temporary discomfort that sometimes occurs for the first day or two after an orthodontic adjustment.
- Topical Anesthetic Treatments – For example, Orabase or Ora-Gel, can be applied with with a Q-tip to any abrasions or sores in the mouth should they occur.