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The brackets, wires, bands and other elements of your braces can create a few hard-to-clean places in your mouth. If food residue and daily plaque buildup aren’t cleaned away from these areas, it can greatly increase your chances of suffering tooth decay. This can cause many complications during your orthodontic treatment.

If twice-daily brushing and your evening flossing session don’t prove to be effective at thoroughly cleaning your teeth and braces, there are a few special oral hygiene tools you might want to use.

An interdental brush has a small-angled brush head that can help remove food material from around hard-to-reach areas around orthodontic hardware. It is especially handy for getting small food particles out from around bands and spacers.

A water flosser like Waterpik® creates a stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food residue and some of the local plaque. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

A floss threader with waxed dental floss can make it easier to work the strand between teeth and around the gumline. This simple loop-shaped tool can help insert the strand of floss around wires and other pieces of orthodontic hardware.

If you had braces installed in Richmond, Virginia, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, you can call 804-740-7281 to seek further advice from Dr. Bryan Brassington and our Richmond Orthodontics staff.