Since 1999, Waugh & Allen has promoted a formal program for better oral hygiene while a patient undergoes orthodontic treatment. This nationally recognized oral hygiene program was developed by Tracy Vitug, R.D.H., and is known as the Partners in Prevention. The goal of this program is for the orthodontic office to partner with the general dentist and dental hygienist to improve hygiene care for the orthodontic patients and prevent hygiene problems that can be associated with braces. Included in the program are one-on-one visits with a Registered Dental Hygienist, patient care recommendations, tailored hygiene products, fluoride treatments, patient oral hygiene education classes, and more! In 2008, the program expanded to include BriteBrace Care®, which is an award-winning proprietary system developed by Tracy Waugh & Dr. Allen.
BriteBrace Care: Air-polishing at every orthodontic appointment!
BriteBrace is the name Waugh & Allen has given air-polishing in orthodontics and it is the first of its kind in the world! This treatment is done at regular orthodontic adjustments as needed to remove any plaque, stain, or food from around the braces. BriteBrace is a huge benefit that is offered to patients to help eliminate the chances of white scars forming around braces due to poor oral hygiene; in fact, Waugh & Allen’s post-treatment enamel health scoring is twice as good as the national average. In addition, after the air-polishing is done a fluoride varnish is applied to the surfaces of the teeth that were treated.
Please note that this service is not a complete cleaning like you would receive from your dentist’s office. Each patient should continue to see their dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings while in braces.