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Your new set of braces was designed to realign your teeth through a series of adjustments. Each of these sessions will tighten your brace, applying pressure to the periodontal ligaments that hold each tooth in its socket and gradually pulling your teeth into proper alignment.

If you develop tooth decay issues on one or more of your teeth, the decay and the treatment of the decay might alter the tension applied to the braces. This will end up delaying the overall process. To prevent this from happening, you’ll want to put some extra oomph into your daily oral hygiene routine.

Flossing around braces can sometimes be challenging. To address this problem, try using a floss threader. This is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into the hard-to-reach crevices between your teeth. You can also use a dental water flosser. This generates a small yet focused stream of water to floss in between teeth.

An interdental brush is another useful tool. Its small-tapered brush head can often reach places your regular toothbrush can’t. This can prove beneficial for removing stray food material and residual plaque from the places around your wires and brackets.

If you had braces in your mouth at Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics and have any oral hygiene questions, just call 928-367-2939 to seek further advice from Dr. Maynard Davenport or a member of our staff. We inLakeside, Arizona will be happy to assist you.