Traditional braces incorporate several different components to create a functional system capable of correcting misaligned teeth. With consistent adjustments, the orthodontic components can gradually provide you with a more appealing smile and more efficient teeth.
You need to maintain healthy gums and teeth throughout the realignment process. Problems with tooth decay and gum disease can increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct your teeth. At the same time, gum inflammation could cause mild discomfort after an adjustment.
Brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as thoroughly flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline each day will help remove the bacterial deposits that promote tooth decay and gum disease.
If you are struggling to clean one or two areas around your braces our orthodontists might recommend using some simple oral hygiene tools. Waxed dental floss loaded into a floss threader can help work the strand wires and between teeth. It can be very helpful for removing plaque and residual food particles trapped in the gumline.
Dr. Nehi Ogbevoen might also recommend using an interdental brush if you have been struggling to release food particles from your braces hardware.
If you are in the Alhambra, California, area and you are struggling to maintain healthy teeth with braces, you can always call 626-458-8898 to schedule an appointment at Beautiful New Smiles.