Even though your braces are made from durable materials that are not susceptible to tooth decay, you will still need to clean them. If you develop cavities on multiple teeth, the resulting complications can significantly increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.
To aid in this endeavor, your orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck, recommends some special oral hygiene tools to help you clean in and around your braces.
Wires can sometimes make it challenging to floss between your teeth and along the gumline. A floss threader is a loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.
Interdental brushes have small-angled heads to help clean food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. This makes them very helpful for cleaning around bands and spacers.
A dental water jet like Waterpik® can help clean food debris from the gumline. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.
If you have questions or concerns about the best ways to clean your teeth and braces in Johns Creek, Georgia, you can always call Quality Orthodontic Care at 770-664-6003 to ask a question.