October is Dental Hygiene Month!

Although it’s the start of “Spooky Season,” there are few things more terrifying than the development of periodontal disease and cavities. The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) celebrates Dental Hygiene Month this October to advocate for healthy teeth and gums. 

One approach that dentists employ is orthodontic treatment to help their patients achieve a cleaner, healthier mouth. Straight teeth are easier to clean and remove plaque. Also, the bacterial plaque has more places to hide in crowded teeth, which often get missed when brushing. In consequence, plaque buildup can result in dental decay, gum infection, and periodontal disease.

For patients that need extra help achieving a straighter smile, Orthosnap crafts customized, discreet aligners that not only look great but support healthy mouths. Here are three ways that clear aligner treatment promotes excellent dental hygiene when compared to fixed orthodontic appliances: 

1. Less of a Likelihood to Develop Periodontal Disease

An expected consequence of bacterial plaque accumulation is periodontal disease. Traditional, fixed orthodontic appliances (braces) can make removing plaque between teeth, brackets, and wires challenging. 

In contrast, one advantage that clear aligners have over fixed oral appliances is that they are removable. After patients remove their aligners, they have direct access to the crevices between teeth and gums. 

According to a study published by BMC Oral Health, patients who wore clear aligners had significantly healthier gingival health conditions and greater satisfaction when compared to patients with fixed oral appliances. Also, patients who choose clear aligners can have more straightforward oral hygiene procedures similar to their pre-orthodontic lifestyle. 

Nonetheless, patients with braces can have healthy gums and teeth with stringent, thorough dental hygiene routines.

2. Virtually Unchanged Diet

Certain foods are off-limits while wearing fixed orthodontic appliances because they can get trapped, damage the braces, and deteriorate dental hygiene. With clear aligners, people can still enjoy seasonal delights (such as apples, kettle corn, and more). Researchers surveyed patient satisfaction after a clear alignment system in an article published by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Patients noticed significant improvements in eating and chewing categories because they can remove aligners before meals and snacks.

3. Easy For Patients to Clean and Maintain

Braces can pose a challenge for patients when cleaning their teeth. Patients are encouraged to use interdental toothbrushes to carefully clean under wires and between orthodontic brackets. 

On the other hand, patients with clear aligners maintain optimal oral hygiene in the following steps: 

  1. Rinse with cool water.
  2. Clean with antibacterial soap or clear aligner cleaner.
  3. Brush and floss before placing them back in the mouth.

Also, Orthosnap’s Verification Key™ aligner is composed of a thicker material and can only be fitted at the doctor’s office. Dentists can take advantage of this feature and check their patient’s gum and teeth status. Orthosnap requires patients to visit their provider every 8th step to continue treatment. 

Become an Orthosnap Partner Today

Orthosnap provides everything patients and doctors need for a seamless experience for both parties. Our services include:

  • Comprehensive consultations with our representatives
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Training and product updates
  • Online portal for case tracking
  • Customed plans with objectives set by the practice
  • Marketing support
  • Custom packaging
  • Educational materials for doctors and patients

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your dental practice. Contact our team today at (516) 506-7606 to learn more.