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The new braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Bryan Brassington’s orthodontic clinic represent a functional component in correcting the position and orientation of your teeth. In time this will give you a more appealing smile and reduce your chances of suffering dental fractures and dental attrition.

Throughout the realignment process you will need to maintain your braces and the health of your teeth. Sometimes a standard toothbrush and dental floss can struggle to adequately remove plaque and food deposits from around orthodontic hardware. In a situation like this, you might want to add one or two special oral hygiene tools to your repertoire.

An interdental brush has a small, angled brush head. This can be especially helpful for cleaning hard to reach places around braces components. It might also handy for removing small food particles from bands and spacers.

A simple water flosser like Waterpik® might also help to loosen and wash away food deposits. Just keep in mind that this is it is not meant to fully replace the ability of dental floss to clean between teeth and the gumline.

If you’re having troubles working a strand of dental floss around wires or other pieces of braces hardware you might want to try a floss threader with waxed dental floss. It’s a basic oral hygiene tool that can help insert the strand of dental floss around orthodontic hardware. It can be especially helpful for accessing the gumline.

If you are in the Richmond, Virginia, area and you are having troubles maintaining your braces you can call 804-740-7281 to speak to a staff member at Richmond Orthodontics.