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Each of the routine adjustment sessions at Dr. Maynard Davenport’s orthodontic clinic is designed to apply a modest amount of tension to your braces hardware. This will effectively stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the sockets.

Cavities that develop on your teeth can cause discomfort while also complicating the process of realigning your teeth. This can increase the number of necessary adjustments and the total duration of the time it takes to correct the position of your teeth.

When plaque and food particles are not removed from your braces and teeth it can cause hardened tartar to build up at the gumline. This can promote cavities and periodontal health problems.

If you find that you’re having trouble cleaning a specific area, you might want to try using a one of two of the following oral hygiene tools.

An interdental brush is basically miniature toothbrush with a small tapered head. It can allow you to clean hard to reach areas. A floss threader is a simple loop shaped tool. Loading it with waxed dental floss the strand can be easily inserted around braces wires and other obstructing orthodontic components.

An oral irrigator or dental water jet device might also be helpful for cleaning away food particles near the gumline. They are designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places.

If you had braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Maynard Davenport’s orthodontic clinic in Lakeside, Arizona, and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 928-367-2939 to speak to someone at Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics.