Dr. Scott Werner installed your braces to gradually realign your teeth. This is done through a series of adjustments set to specific intervals of time. If you are lax with your oral hygiene habits, it could lead to significant tooth decay problems, which could in turn lead to a significant increase in the amount of time it takes to effectively realign your teeth.
The orthodontic wires connected to the brackets cemented onto your teeth can sometimes make flossing a challenge. A floss threader is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into tough places.
Interdental brushes have small-tapered heads to help remove stray food material and residual plaque from hard-to-reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out from bands and around spacers.
An oral irrigator, like Waterpik®, creates a concentrated stream of water that 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 particles.
If you have questions or concerns about how to best maintain good oral hygiene habits with braces in Memphis, Tennessee, you can always call 901-767-5415 to speak with a staff member at Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C..