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The metal bands, brackets, and wires of your braces can sometimes create hard-to-clean areas. Should you develop tooth decay in these areas, it could lead to other complications or even increase the amount of time needed to achieve your new smile.

To help address these issues and prevent tooth decay complications, your All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics orthodontist recommends using some special oral hygiene tools to help clean in and around your braces.

A floss threader can be very helpful if you’re having problems flossing between teeth and around the gumline. This is a simple loop-shaped tool that is loaded with floss. It can help work floss around wires and other hardware. Using a band of waxed dental floss will also help slip the strand into place.

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

A dental water jet produces a small, concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. It’s important to remember that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you have questions about tools and techniques you can use to maintain your teeth and braces in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, you can always call us at 970-928-9500 to seek further advice from Drs. Casey W. Johnson, Matthew J. Burt, & Paul H. Allen.