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Traditional braces consist of various hardware components such as brackets, wires, bands and spacers which allow our orthodontist to apply tension to your teeth. With each adjustment, your periodontal connective tissues will be stretched and manipulated to gradually improve the alignment of your teeth.

Maintaining good oral health and consistent oral hygiene habits is a crucial part of the process. Residual food particles, plaque buildup and other bacterial deposits that accumulate in the contours of your braces can easily promote tooth decay and gum disease. These conditions can potentially complicate the realignment process and increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct your teeth.

Brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to floss at least once per day is an essential first step in maintaining a healthy mouth. Attending a dental checkup twice a year is also important. Each of these appointments includes a comprehensive dental exam for early detection of developing oral health problems as well as a professional cleaning to remove bacterial deposits from your teeth and braces.

If you are struggling to clean and maintain a specific area, you might want to try using an interdental brush, floss threader, or a dental water flosser device. Just make sure that all your oral care products have earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance before using them.

If you live in the Flagstaff, Arizona, region and you need help maintaining a healthy mouth with braces, you can always call (928) 774-0881 to speak to our orthodontist, Dr. Jacob Spendlove or a member of Orthodontics, Inc.’s staff.