The braces installed at Nyberg Orthodontics have been designed to realign your teeth by applying progressive tension at your adjustment appointments. This will gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth in place, eventually giving you an appealing smile and a more effective mouth.
Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can leave food particles and plaque buildup where the orthodontic hardware meets your tooth enamel. The presence of these bacterial-rich substances can significantly increase your chances of suffering tooth decay complications. This could have the net effect of extending the duration of the realignment process.
To help you effectively remove plaque and stray food matter from your teeth as well as your braces, Dr. Lynnette Nyberg might recommend using the following oral hygiene tools.
You will need to brush your teeth twice each day. Using interdental brushes with their small-tapered heads can help remove food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out from around bands and spacers.
The wires and hardware can sometimes make it challenging to floss between your teeth and along the gumline. A floss threader is a simple loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places. This also reduces your chances of injuring your gums by forcing the floss into place.
An oral irrigator like Waterpik® creates a narrow, concentrated stream of water. This can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean the gumline a little bit, this stream of water cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing for cleaning away plaque and residual food material.
If you have further oral hygiene concerns, you can always call to seek further advice from the orthodontic staff at Miller-Nyberg Orthodontics in Dover, New Hampshire by calling 603-749-2900.