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3M Unitek launches Brushing with Braces to help improve patient hygiene

The new interactive guide step-by-step videos, tips, and tricks for better oral care during orthodontic treatment. homepage image

Oral hygiene is an important aspect of orthodontic treatment. The American Dental Association lists "active orthodontic treatment" as a risk factor for cavities,1 and studies show that poor oral hygiene can significantly increase orthodontic treatment time.2 To help reduce the time you spend educating patients on oral hygiene and improve patient understanding and compliance, 3M Unitek has partnered with Crest® and Oral-B® to provide a comprehensive guide to brushing with braces.

Brushing with Braces complements in-office hygiene instruction with step-by-step videos, tips, and tricks. It is an excellent resource to share with patients during your consultations, after bonding, and on your website and social media sites.

There are two versions of Brushing with Braces; one at focused on lingual braces with Incognito™ Hidden Braces, and the other at focused on labial braces with Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces.

How to Use Brushing with Braces

  • Download the videos and other hygiene resources at (US and Canada only).
  • In a typical office environment, you can have the videos playing on screens in the waiting room.
  • The web site is mobile friendly, and looks great on a tablet for easy education.
  • During consultations, treatment coordinators can use the videos to help answer questions patients have about keeping their braces clean.
  • If patients are displaying poor hygiene in follow-up appointments, show the videos and provide them with the link to watch on their own time.
  • Share Brushing with Braces with your GP referrers to help close the loop on good oral hygiene.
  • Add the videos and links to the full guide on your office's website.
  • You can post on Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites using the videos and content in the Brushing with Braces site.

2 Skidmore, et. al, Factors influencing treatment time in orthodontic patients, American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Volume 129, Issue 2, February 2006, Pages 230-238, ISSN 0889-5406,


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