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Your new braces will help to realign your teeth for a more appealing smile and a healthy mouth. Your daily oral hygiene routine is very important for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. If you develop issues with your teeth while you are wearing your braces, it might increase the amount of time you need to wear them.

At Full Smile Orthodontics we understand that cleaning braces takes a little getting used to. That being said there are a few tools to consider adding to your oral hygiene routine.

A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can help work the strand of floss between your teeth in an area where the hardware might be in the way. The waxy coating helps the floss slip easier into place.

Interdental brushes can also be convenient for removing food particles that get stuck in and around your braces. They have small angled brush heads that allow you to pay extra attention to areas that your conventional toothbrush might have missed/ They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

Dental water jets or oral irrigators create a small stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places as well as along the gum line. Just remember they cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for cleaning between teeth and into the gum line.

If you have questions about the best way to clean your braces, please feel free to call Full Smile Orthodontics at 760.804.0080 to schedule an appointment.