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Orthodontic Braces Need Consistent Oral Hygiene as They Correct the Alignment of Your Teeth

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The traditional orthodontic braces installed by Dr. Muhammad Abey includes brackets, wires, bands, and other hardware components that are secured in your mouth to help correct the alignment of your teeth. This is done by attending routine adjustments to have your braces tightened as they gradually reposition your teeth.

If some part of your braces is damaged or you suffer from cavities, the complications and treatment process could alter the tension being applied to your teeth. This can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

If twice daily brushing and your evening flossing session don’t prove effective at thoroughly cleaning your teeth and braces there are a few special oral hygiene tools you might want to try.

The small, angled brush head of an interdental brush can help remove food material from some of the hard to reach areas around braces hardware. It can be especially helpful for freeing small food particles from bands and spacers.

An oral irrigator device like Waterpik® creates a stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles and plaque. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

Incorporating waxed dental floss in a floss threader can help you work the strand between teeth and around the gumline. This is especially helpful for flossing under braces wires.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Muhammad Abey’s orthodontic clinic in Wayne, New Jersey, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene practices, you can always call 973-341-3180 to speak to one of the specialists at Wayne Family Orthodontics.

Cleaning your Braces

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When you get braces, you’ll need to take extra care and time to ensure that you clean the braces – and your teeth – as effectively as possible. If you don’t, you put yourself at risk for a host of oral health problems that aren’t pleasant to deal with.

So, with that in mind, let’s look at some special tools and techniques Dr. Muhammad Abey suggests you use to help clean your braces during your orthodontic treatment.

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 the wires and other hardware.

Dental water jets and oral irrigators 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 any other questions regarding cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, call our team here at Wayne Family Orthodontics in Wayne, New Jersey. We’re here to help! We can be reached at 973-341-3180.