While the orthodontic elements of your braces hardware are cast from materials that will not succumb to bacterial tooth decay, you will still need to practice some increases oral hygiene measures. If plaque buildup and stray food residue adhere to the textures areas around braces and teeth, it could cause multiple cavities to form. Treatment and other complications from this tooth decay, could have the net effect of increasing the amount of time it takes to fully realign your teeth.
If you’re having trouble brushing around certain pieces of braces hardware, you might want to try using an interdental brush. They have small, angled heads to help you remove food particles l from hard to reach places.
There are also dental water jet devices, like Waterpik® that can loosen food particles from hard to reach places, as well as clean along the gum line. Just don’t confuse these as an effective alternative to flossing. This is more of an enhancement to brushing. Flossing with traditional dental floss is still the only way to truly remove food particles and plaque buildup from between teeth and the gum line. Instead these oral irrigators should be thought of as advanced brushing aids.
When flossing it’s important to work the strand between teeth as well as into the gum line. If you’re having difficulty cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with waxed dental floss. Be sure to also floss behind each of your last molars.
If you’ve had braces installed at Thomas Dowling, DDS’s Olney, Maryland clinic and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 301-658-7751 to ask a question from one of our helpful staff members.