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Your braces represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile. Cleaning and maintaining your braces every day during the duration of the alignment process will help bring your treatment time to a minimum. If you develop tooth decay problems around braces hardware, the resulting complications could increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your final smile. To help you better clean these hard-to-reach places, your orthodontist, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla and Inayat Ashai, recommends using some special oral hygiene tools.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads 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.

You might want to try using a floss threader if you’re having issues flossing between teeth and around the gumline. This simple, loop-shaped tool that is loaded with waxed dental floss can help you floss around wires and other hardware.

Dental water jets come in a variety of brands. They are designed to create 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.

If you have oral hygiene questions about how to clean and maintain your braces in Avon, Sandusky and Wadsworth, Ohio, you can always call to speak to a member of our A&A Orthodontics team.