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The new braces fitted by Blais Orthodontics are a serious investment to effectively realign your teeth for a more functional mouth and an appealing smile. Maintaining your daily oral hygiene routine is very important for preventing issues with gum disease and tooth decay. Complications caused by these problems can increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.

There are a few tools to consider that might make it easier to clean between teeth an into hard to reach places.

A floss threader is a simple loop shaped tool that is loaded with floss. It can help work floss around and past wires and other hardware. Wax coated floss also tends to slip easier into hard to reach places.

Interdental brushes with their small angled brush heads can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

Oral irrigators and dental water jets produce 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 they cannot replace the effectiveness of floss for cleaning between teeth and into the gum line.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean around your braces, please feel free to call Blais Orthodontics at 914.472.9595 to schedule an appointment.