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Maintaining pristine oral health and taking good care of your braces will help you keep your treatment time to a bare minimum. It’s not uncommon for someone to find it challenging at first to clean some of the hard-to-reach places on their teeth and braces. Your orthodontist, Dr. William B. Hentosz, suggests a few special oral hygiene tips that can help you effectively clean your new set of braces every day.

Interdental brushes have small, angled brush heads that make it easy to brush between wires and brackets. They can also help clean residual food particles from the contours where your teeth meet your gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and spacers.

If you have trouble flossing the gumline and braces, you could try using a floss threader loaded with wax-coated dental floss. This tool can help work floss around the wires and brackets, and it can help you slip the floss into place without having to force or snap it.

An oral irrigator or dental water jet produces a small, concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you have questions about the tools and techniques to help clean around your braces in Alhambra, California, you can call William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC at 626-458-8898 to schedule a consultation.