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Your braces are made from durable metal and other materials that are meant to handle the daily tasks you perform. A little wear and tear is to be expected and anything that needs repair or replacing can be addressed during your routine adjustments.

If you delay having a damaged piece of orthodontic hardware repaired or replaced, it could alter the progressive tension needed to effectively realign your teeth. At the same time, tooth decay and complications from poor oral hygiene, could also increase the duration of the realignment process. If you’re having issues cleaning around some of the braces hardware, you might want to try using one or two special oral hygiene tools.

An interdental brush has a small-angled brush head. It can help remove plaque and food particles from around wires and brackets. It is especially handy for getting small food matter out from bands and spacers.

Flossing around braces hardware can be challenging. This is because it can be difficult to floss into the gumline around wires. A simple floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can easily insert the strand between teeth and below any wires.

A water flosser or dental water jet creates a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. It’s important to remember that it’s not a viable alternative to flossing when it comes to thoroughly cleaning between teeth and along the gumline.

If you have questions about how to effectively clean and maintain your braces in Idaho Falls, Idaho, you can always call 208.529.8333 to seek further advice from Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy and the staff at McCord Orthodontics.