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Maintaining healthy teeth throughout the braces realignment process is very important. If you develop cavities on one or more teeth the resulting complications and treatment methods could extend the amount of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile.

To aid in this effort, Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona and the orthodontic specialists at his clinic might suggest adding some simple specialized tools to your daily oral hygiene routine.

A simple interdental brush has a miniature brush head with a slight taper. It can be very helpful for cleaning food material and plaque from hard to reach places around your braces hardware.

A floss threader might also be helpful if you’re struggling to work dental floss around braces hardware. This can be especially helpful for working the dental floss around wires to fully access and clean the gumline.

You might also appreciate an oral irrigator like Waterpik® to help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just remember that it is not intended to fully substitute dental floss for physically cleaning between your teeth.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona’s orthodontic clinic in Richmond, Virginia, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, you can always call 804-740-7281 to speak to the staff at Richmond Orthodontics.