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Keeping your teeth and braces clean is an essential part of the alignment process. Tooth decay related to poor oral hygiene can actually increase the total duration of time it takes to realign your teeth.

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 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 clearing away small food particles from around bands and spacers.

Dental water jets and oral irrigators 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.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean and maintain your braces in Idaho Falls, Idaho, please feel free to call your McCord Orthodontics orthodontist, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy, at 208.529.8333 for further advice.