The braces installed on your teeth by your orthodontist, Dr. Daniel Adams, represent a significant investment in realigning your teeth. This is done by applying progressive tension to the braces hardware to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth into their sockets. In time, your teeth will gradually alter their positions to achieve your ideal smile.
Removing residual food particles and plaque from your braces hardware and teeth is critical for maintaining a healthy mouth. If you develop tooth decay complications, it could significantly increase the time it takes to completely realign your teeth.
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.
If you’ve been having issues flossing around braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader. This simple loop-shaped tool is loaded with waxed dental floss, which 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 in Carlsbad, California, you can always call 760.804.0080 to speak to a member of our team at Full Smile Orthodontics.