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Your braces hardware and brackets were secured to your teeth at Ortho*Dental, Inc. with a strong dental adhesive. Every four to six weeks you will need to come back into the clinic for a routine adjustment. This is designed to apply moderate yet successive tension to the periodontal ligaments and other oral structures that anchor your teeth in position. Throughout the adjustment process, your teeth will come closer and closer to their ideal alignment.

If you develop tooth decay or other oral hygiene issues, complications could arise that would increase the number of necessary adjustments. To help reduce the chances of this happening, Dr. recommends the following oral hygiene insights to better maintain teeth with braces.

Removing plaque and food particles from your braces and between your teeth as part of your daily oral hygiene routine is important. This starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. You should then floss your teeth each evening.

There are some special oral hygiene tools to consider if you’re struggling to clean some hard-to-reach places. A small interdental brush with its angled head can help brush small contours and pieces of braces hardware. It can be especially helpful for removing food particles from around bands or spacers. 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.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain your braces in Gallup, New Mexico, you can always call Ortho*Dental, Inc. at 505-863-8100 to seek additional advice.