Dr. Kimberly Gronberg installed your braces so as to slowly realign your teeth. This can only be achieved by a series of routine adjustments set to specific amounts of time. If you are inconsistent with daily oral hygiene, it may result in tooth decay and gum health issues. The treatment arising from these issues could significantly increase the amount of time you will spend in braces. That’s why it’s so important to keep your mouth healthy. Brush twice a day and floss every night.
We know that the wires connected to the brackets bonded onto your teeth can sometimes make it difficult to effectively floss between those teeth and along the gum line. A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool which will insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.
Interdental brushes are a kind of miniature tooth brush. They’ve got small tapered heads to aid in removing stray food material and residual plaque from areas that are hard to reach, particularly under and around the braces’ brackets and wires.
A Waterpik® or other water flosser generates a concentrated stream of water which will loosen and wash away food particles. While this may help clean many areas, it won’t replace the effectuality of actual dental floss.
If you have questions or concerns about having good oral hygiene habits with braces, please call 972-966-2326 to speak with a staff member at Gronberg Orthodontics in Highland Village, Texas.