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Your braces are designed to realign your teeth by applying modest yet progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. If you develop tooth decay issues on one or more teeth, it could lead to complications in the alignment process. This could potentially increase the number of adjustment sessions and the total duration of time needed to achieve your ideal alignment.

To avoid this, you need to start by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. Once all of the residual food particles and plaque have been removed from the faces of your teeth, you should floss between each tooth and along the gumline. This also includes flossing behind your last molar.

Your braces can sometimes create a few hard-to-reach areas. If this is the case, you might want to try using small interdental brushes. If wires or other hardware are making it hard to floss down into the gumline, you could try using a special floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

You should try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum. This can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or pull a spacer out. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by chewing hard and crunchy foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, like pencils and pens.

If you are having trouble cleaning in and around your braces in North Bend, Washington, you can always call Dr. Kirby Nelson at 425-888-1896 to ask a question. Our Kirby Nelson Orthodontics team is thrilled to help you!