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Your braces are composed of several different elements of orthodontic hardware. These brackets, bands, wires and other components can sometimes create hard-to-clean areas or other oral hygiene issues. If your usual daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing fails to remove bacterial matter, it could allow multiple cavities to form on your teeth.

This issue could create several complications during the alignment process and could very likely increase the total duration of time it takes to align your teeth.

To help you maintain a healthy mouth and reduce your chances of suffering these complications, Dr. Stacee Burson might suggest using the following tools.

An interdental brush is like a miniature toothbrush with a slightly tapered and angled brush head. It can be very helpful when cleaning food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. It can be especially handy for getting small food particles out from around bands and spacers.

An oral irrigator like Waterpik® generates a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean the gumline a little bit, it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing for removing bacterial matter from between teeth and along the gumline.

A floss threader is a simple loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into tight places around braces hardware. This is very effective for flossing around wires and reducing your chances of accidentally snapping the strand of floss into your gums.

If you had braces installed in Texarkana, Texas, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, you can call 903-949-6504 to seek additional insights.