The braces installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Jacob Spendlove, represents a serious investment in realigning your teeth for an appealing smile and a better-functioning mouth. Thoroughly cleaning your braces and teeth will help prevent tooth decay problems. If you do develop multiple cavities on teeth, it can increase the total duration of time you need to wear braces. With that in mind, your orthodontist recommends some special oral hygiene tools to help clean hard-to-reach places around your braces.
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.
Using a floss threader can be helpful 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.
An oral irrigator or dental water jet like Waterpik® can help clean food debris from the gumline and other hard-to-reach places around the fixed retainer. Just keep in mind that it cannot fully replace dental floss for effectively cleaning between teeth and the gumline.
If you have concerns about how to clean in and around your new braces in Flagstaff, Arizona, you can always call (928) 774-0881 to speak to a member of our Orthodontics, Inc. staff.