Oral Hygiene and Braces
Orthodontic treatment is a biological transformation. The bones of the face and jaws change themselves to adapt to pressure.
The process will not work predictably, and it can be harmful, if the mouth is unhealthy.
The words CLEAN and HEALTHY might as well have the same meaning when it comes to the mouth. Clean mouths are healthy, dirty mouths are unhealthy. It is simple.
Orthodontic treatment in an unhealthy mouth will not go well, may cause a disappointing result, and permanently damage the teeth and gums. Not good.
The American Association of Orthodontists publishes many fine brochures that patients find helpful
This one describes How to Keep Teeth and Braces Clean