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Your braces are the first step toward realigning your teeth. Throughout the course of successive adjustments, tension will be applied to your teeth and the connective tissues in the underlying dental sockets. This will gradually bring your teeth into their ideal alignment for a better-functioning mouth and a more appealing smile.

Should you develop cavities or excess wear and tear on the orthodontic hardware, the resulting complications could increase the number of necessary adjustments. This will certainly increase the time you need to wear braces.

To help you maintain a healthy mouth and reduce your chances of suffering problems with your braces hardware, Dr. Scott Vincent suggests using the following tools.

A floss threader is a simple loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into tight places around braces hardware.

An interdental brush is a special type of small toothbrush that has a slightly tapered and angled brush head. It can be very helpful when cleaning food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. It can be especially handy for getting small food particles out from around bands and spacers.

Dental water jets like Waterpik® create a small stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean the gumline a little bit, this stream of water cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you have concerns about maintaining good oral hygiene with your braces in Sandy, Utah, you should call 801-495-2560 to schedule a consultation checkup at Vincent Team Orthodontics.