Prevention of caries ... Essential for patients with dental braces

New wearers of fixed braces must change their tooth-brushing habits. The fixed brace is a trap for bits of food so cleaning with toothbrush and toothpaste is no longer enough to prevent caries.

Our standardised caries prevention programme for all brace wearers includes regular "Professional Dental Cleaning". In this procedure, all dental plaque (including stubborn and hidden plaque) is removed. Then, the teeth are treated with a pleasantly tasting polishing paste. The procedure ends with the application of different kinds of protective varnish.

Protective varnish and liner

We use various types, e.g., varnish that, thanks to its fluoride content, hardens the dental enamel, making it resistant to acid attacks, and liners with anti-bacterial effect, which reduce the amount of bacteria in the recesses of the brace.

Individual fluoridation line

Experience in recent years has shown that fluoride, when applied directly to the tooth, provides more effective protection against caries. The effect achieved by fluoridation lines can only be attained with difficulty when toothpaste or drinking water containing fluoride are used.

For an individual line of fluoridation an individual dental line is prepared. This line is filled with gel (containing fluoride) and applied for 15 minutes.

Determination of caries risk and saliva diagnostics

This measure indicates to what extent you are at risk of developing caries. First, the current state of your teeth is recorded. Further tests are carried out as follows:

  • Testing saliva for caries bacteria (mutant streptococcus / lactobazilli)
  • Determination of rate of salivation
  • Determination of buffer capacity
  • Nutrition analysis

If the risk level is average or high, we propose / provide an individual preventive programme.

Sealing of the area around the bracket

… an effective protection "all around the bracket". When the bracket equipment is fixed, the area around the bracket is sealed with fluoride-producing bonding. This sealant effectively prevents demineralisation of the dental enamel and the formation of so-called "white spots" around the bracket. However, good oral hygiene and practised brushing techniques still remain vital, even with the sealant.