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The special brackets, wires and other pieces of orthodontic hardware of your braces are designed to realign your teeth. This is done by applying iterative tension during your routine adjustment sessions. If you struggle to clean a particular area, you could suffer tooth decay complications that might increase the amount of time it takes to effectively realign your teeth.

To better help you clean these areas around the orthodontic hardware, Dr. Bertha Dieguez suggests using some of the following oral hygiene tools:

Interdental brushes are very helpful for cleaning in and around braces hardware. They have small-angled brush heads that can help brush hard-to-reach places. This can be particularly helpful for clearing away food residue from spacers and bands.

Some people find flossing around wires and into the gumline challenging. A special loop-shaped tool, which is called a floss threader, that is loaded with waxed dental floss can help insert the strand into hard-to-reach places.

An oral irrigator like Waterpik® creates a concentrated stream of water that can help clean food debris from the gumline and braces hardware. Just keep in mind that it is not an effective alternative for flossing when it comes to cleaning matter from between teeth and along the gumline.

If you have oral hygiene concerns with your new braces in Birmingham, Alabama, you can always call 205-980-4744 to seek further advice from the specialists at Dieguez Smiles.