The braces installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Jacob Spendlove, represent a significant investment in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and a more appealing smile. Thoroughly cleaning your braces and teeth will help prevent tooth decay complications. If you do develop multiple cavities on teeth, it can increase the total duration of time you need to wear braces. To aid in this endeavor, Dr. Jacob Spendlove recommends some special oral hygiene tools to help you clean in and around your braces in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Wires can sometimes make it challenging flossing between your teeth and along the gumline. A floss threader is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.
Interdental brushes have small-angled heads to help clean food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. This makes them very helpful for cleaning around bands and spacers.
A dental water jet like Waterpik® can help clean food debris from the gumline. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.
If you have concerns about how to maintain your braces and have good oral hygiene, you can always call (928) 774-0881 to speak with a member of our team at Orthodontics, Inc.