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Maintaining good oral health throughout the realignment process is essential for minimizing the amount of time you need to wear braces. Complications from poor oral hygiene and tooth decay can significantly increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your ideal smile. To help you clean in and around your braces, your orthodontist, Dr. Kirby Nelson, recommends trying these special oral hygiene tools.

If you’re having issues flossing between teeth and around the gumline, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss. This is a simple loop-shaped tool that can help work floss around wires and other braces hardware. Using waxed dental floss makes it easier to slide the strand into tight places.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads that can help brush between wires and brackets as well as remove food particles from the contours near the gumline. They can be very helpful for cleaning away small food particles from around bands and spacers.

A dental water jet like Waterpik can produce a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace flossing for effectively cleaning between teeth and in the gumline.

If you have questions or concerns about how to clean and maintain your braces in North Bend, Washington, you can always call 425-888-1896 to seek further advice from the team at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics.