Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene Helps Minimize the Duration of the Alignment Process

The braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Wilson, represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a healthy mouth and a winning smile. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for minimizing the amount of time it takes to achieve your new smile. Complications from cavities and poor oral hygiene can significantly increase the number of adjustment sessions needed in the realignment process.

To better help you clean your teeth and braces, your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Wilson, recommends using some special oral hygiene tools to clean hard-to-reach places.

Wires can sometimes make it challenging to floss 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-tapered heads to help clean food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and around spacers.

An oral irrigator creates a small stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean the gumline a little bit, this stream of water cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you have questions or concerns about how to clean around your braces in Yuma, Arizona, you can always call Yuma Orthodontics, Inc. at 928-343-9559 for further information.

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