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Dr. Jerrold Hennes installed your braces into your mouth to correct alignment and orthodontic issues. Through the course of your regular braces adjustments, your teeth will be brought into position for a more appealing smile and better functioning mouth.

Maintaining good oral hygiene throughout the realignment process will keep your treatment time to the bare minimum. Complications from cavities or damaged braces hardware can significantly increase the number of adjustments and total amount of time it takes to achieve your final smile.

To help you effectively clean some of the hard-to-reach places in and around your braces, Dr. Jerrold Hennes recommends using some of the following tools.

An interdental brush has a small-angled or tapered head. It can help brush between wires and brackets as well as remove food particles from hard-to-reach contours. It is especially handy for getting food out of bands and spacers.

If you’re having issues flossing between teeth and into the gumline or working the floss strand around braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader. This is a simple loop-shaped tool. When loaded with waxed dental floss, it can help work the strand into place with little fear of injuring your gums by forcing it.

Dental water jets come in a variety of brands. They are designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

If you need further oral hygiene advice to help maintain your new braces in Vista, California, you can always call (760) 598.1707 to speak to our team at Hennes Orthodontics.