Your new set of braces installed at Orthodontics, Inc. represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth. Through the course of routine adjustments, you will come to enjoy a healthier and more appealing smile. Daily cleaning and good oral hygiene habits will reduce the effects of wear and tear on braces hardware while also helping reduce your chances of developing cavities.
If your braces are damaged or if you suffer tooth decay, the complications could increase the duration of the alignment process. To aid in your good oral hygiene endeavors, Dr. Jacob Spendlove recommends the use of some special oral hygiene tools.
An interdental brush has a small-angled brush head that can help brush between wires and brackets as well as remove food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and spacers.
Flossing around braces hardware can often be challenging. But, a simple floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help you easily insert the strand between teeth.
A water flosser creates a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing when it comes to thoroughly cleaning between teeth and along the gumline.
If you have questions about how to effectively clean and maintain your braces, you can always call (928) 774-0881 to seek further advice from the orthodontic staff at Orthodontics, Inc.