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Your braces need to be kept in good shape so that they can continue to improve your tooth alignment and help you have a beautiful smile. We are here to help you learn how to clean braces and which orthodontic tools are effective in maintaining the quality of your appliance.

Our orthodontists, Dr. Joseph Wilson and Dr. Daniel Cowley, know that it’s not easy to care for all the hardware that makes up your braces, and we want to help you keep your braces and your smile clean and functional. If you find that your oral hygiene has worsened since you got braces, ask our orthodontist about the tools that can help you improve your oral care routine.

You may find that an interdental brush is more effective than a regular toothbrush in cleaning your teeth and braces because its small angled head is designed to navigate spacers, band, brackets and wires to remove food particles.

Flossing doesn’t have to become a struggle when you receive braces. You can use a floss threader, which is a loop-shaped tool full of waxed dental floss that makes it easier to clean tight areas between teeth and around the gum line, wires and brackets.

You can even loosen up and remove food particles with a rinsing at the start or end of your oral cleaning. A dental water jet creates a concentrated stream of water to flush out your mouth. However, we discourage you from simply rinsing your smile instead of flossing your teeth with dental floss.

Contact Ortho*Dental, Inc. at (505) 863-8100 today if you need to arrange a consultation with our orthodontist to discuss how to care for your braces in Gallup, New Mexico!