Ortho Essentials Program

The most important and challenging responsibility of an orthodontic patient is to keep their teeth and gums healthy.  As a result, we have partnered with Crest and Oral B to offer a comprehensive oral hygiene education and grading system.

In coordination with your dentist’s office, we will use grade sheets to consistently monitor and inform you on your oral hygiene progress.  At your regular dental cleaning visits, the hygienist will score your progress using our grading sheets, mail them to our office, and we will keep them on record for review at your next visit.  By comparing our grades, we will be able to provide you with a team approach to monitoring your oral health.

The Oral B Toothbrush is an integral aspect of the program.


This oscillating toothbrush is an important part of our Ortho Essentials hygiene program. Research has shown that this oscillating toothbrush is more effective than any other electric toothbrush on the market. Its vibrating brush breaks up plaque and its sonic pulses have been shown to remove particles several millimeters from its bristles.

The added feature with this toothbrush is that it incorporates a timer which is Bluetooth connected to the handle. This assures that you brush for the recommended two minutes. It also has a pressure sensor that monitors your brushing pressure. This feature helps prevent tissue damage from over aggressive brushing. Finally, the timer informs you when a new head is needed.

The head used on this brush is specifically designed to clean around braces and can be replaced with heads obtained from our office. They should be replaced about every three months or as indicated by the timer. This orthodontic head is not available in retail stores. If you are interested in purchasing one of these toothbrushes, please ask one of our staff.

This systematic approach allows us to give our patients every tool at our disposal to help them keep their teeth and gum tissues healthy.  Without clean teeth, we cannot produce a beautiful smile.

Click to download our Oral Hygiene Grade Sheet

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Thomas and Leitner Orthodontics in Rock Hill SC

(803) 324-5396

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