Oral Hygiene

Image Orthodontics provides one of is oral hygiene programs in Western Canada and the most comprehensive take-home care kit in Saskatchewan! 


Image Orthodontics is proud to provide our patients with the tools necessary to help protect their investment. We use the Oral B Oral Health Solutions Program, which not only teaches our patients how to maintain good oral health during their braces treatment, but it teaches them good practice for life!

Following this, Dr. Ryan and his treatment coordinator will explain the findings to ensure that both you, the patient, and/or your family members fully comprehend the information provided. After this information has been gathered, Dr. Ryan will make sure you understand how these findings pertain to your unique diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Ryan takes pride in offering multiple treatment options for each patient. You can expect your first visit to take approximately 45-60 minutes.

Brushing

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food becomes caught in the brackets and between your teeth. Brushing after meals and flossing will help prevent plaque from forming and should become part of your daily schedule. Use a soft toothbrush and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth in small circles above and below the brackets. Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray.

If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it can leave a permanent white scar on the surface. A waterpik or an electric toothbrush can be a useful addition, however, please continue to see your dentist at least every 6 months for regular dental cleanings.

Flossing

Flossing with braces takes a few minutes to master, but the effort is well worth it. The first step to flossing is getting the floss under the wire that connects the braces together. A floss threader or flossing stick will help you get the dental floss underneath your archwires. Dental floss with a stiff end is also available. It is pre-cut and is very easy to insert underneath archwires.

Once the floss is under the archwire it can be wrapped around the tooth on one side. The floss is then pushed up toward the gum line and then pulled down toward the wire. This should be repeated four to five times to ensure all plaque is removed. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the wire as you pull down. Then wrap the floss around the neighboring tooth. Once both teeth are done, the floss is pulled out and the process repeated for the next two teeth.

“ My passion for orthodontics is knowing that I have the ability to develop fantastic smiles for my patients that can help unleash their great potential. I consider myself very blessed to have been given the skills and education required to help change people’s lives."

Saskatoon Office

150-1820 McOrmond Drive Saskatoon, SK S7S 0A6

306-249-5300