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The new braces installed in your mouth by Skyline Orthodontics represent a serious investment in adjusting your teeth for a more appealing smile and better functioning mouth. By keeping them clean as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, you help to prevent issues with gum disease and tooth decay. Complications caused by these problems can increase the duration of time you need to wear braces.

Some people find that brushing and flossing alone isn’t sufficient for cleaning some of the hard to reach spots in and around their braces as well as between their teeth. Fortunately, there are a few special tools to consider that might make it easier to clean between teeth and into hard to reach places.

A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can help work floss between teeth in places where a wire might be in the way. Most people find nylon floss with a waxy coating works best as it slips into place easier .

To help brush between wires and brackets, you might want to try using interdental brushes. They have small angled heads that help for removing food particles and plaque from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

Dental water jets or oral irrigators create a small stream of water that can be used to loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just remember that they are not an effective substitute for of floss and its ability to clean between teeth and into the gum line.

If you have questions about tools and techniques to help clean around your braces, please feel free to call Skyline Orthodontics at 402.289.3232 to schedule an appointment.