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The braces installed in your mouth by Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy are designed to gradually realign your teeth through the course of timely adjustments. If you develop tooth decay issues or some part of your braces is damaged, it could increase the total duration of time it takes to achieve your new smile.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. It starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. You should then floss each night to remove residual food particles and plaque from the spaces between your teeth and along the gumline. This also includes flossing behind your last molar.

The braces hardware can sometimes create a few hard-to-reach areas. If this is the case, you might want to try using small interdental brushes. 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.

You should try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum. This can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or pull a spacer out. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by crunching hard and crunchy foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, like pencils and pens.

If you are having trouble cleaning in and around your braces in Idaho Falls, Idaho, you can always call McCord Orthodontics at 208.529.8333 to seek further advice from your orthodontist.