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Traditional braces typically incorporate metal brackets, wires and other orthodontic components that can eventually correct the alignment of your teeth. The process requires periodic adjustment appointments where our orthodontist will tighten the components to alter the periodontal ligaments that bond your teeth in their sockets.  

Maintaining healthy gums and teeth throughout the realignment process will help maximize the effects of your adjustments while minimizing the amount of time you need to have braces.

You need to remember to thoroughly brush your teeth each morning and evening while also making a conscious effort to floss at least once per day. Clearing away plaque, food particles and other bacterial deposits will go a long way toward preventing oral health problems.  

If you are struggling to floss around your braces components, you might want to try using waxed dental floss and a floss threader. This combination can help work the strand into place without forcing it, thus allowing you to effectively clean the gumline.

It’s also important to clean behind each of your back molars to release trapped bacterial deposits which could significantly impact the health of your teeth and gums.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Bertha Dieguez’s orthodontist office in Birmingham, Alabama, and you have an oral hygiene question you can always call 205-980-4744 to speak to a staff member at Dieguez Smiles.