Additional Oral Hygiene Tools Can Help Maintain Healthy Teeth with Braces

Cavities and gum disease problems can cause discomfort and could potentially complicate the process of realigning teeth with traditional braces. This could increase the amount of time it takes to effectively correct your misaligned teeth.

Braces components such as brackets, wires, bands, and spacers can sometimes prove challenging to clean with your standard soft-bristled toothbrush. At the same time orthodontic wires might also make it challenging to thoroughly floss the gumline.

To help aid in your daily oral hygiene efforts A&A Orthodontics’s orthodontist and staff might advise, you to try including one or two special oral hygiene tools in your daily routine.

An interdental brush is essentially a very small toothbrush with a tapered head. It can be especially helpful for cleaning hard to reach places around braces components as well as removing small food particles from bands and spacers.

Sometimes a water flosser device like Waterpik® can help loosen and wash away food particles that can get trapped in the contours of your teeth near the gumline. Just keep in mind that this is it is not meant to fully replace the ability of dental floss to physically remove bacterial deposits.

If you’re having trouble flossing around wires and other orthodontic components you might want to try using a floss threader. When this simple tool is loaded with waxed dental floss it can help insert the strand of dental floss between two teeth without accidentally snapping it into your gums. It can also

If you had braces installed at A&A Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic in Avon, Sandusky and Wadsworth, Ohio and you have an oral hygiene question, you can always call to speak to Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla and Inayat Ashai or a member of their staff.

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