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Braces are known for correcting alignment problems with your teeth through successive adjustments. Every four to six weeks Dr. Joseph Wilson will tighten your braces. This will bring your teeth one small step closer to their ideal position.

Maintaining good oral hygiene during the realignment process is very important. Cavities and other oral health complications can alter the tension on your braces. This could increase the total amount of time it takes to fully correct your smile.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is important for removing plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. An interdental brush can also be helpful if you’re struggling to clean the contours created by braces hardware.

Flossing at least once each day is also important. Be sure to clean between the teeth as well as along the gumline. Be sure to floss behind your last molars. These areas can harbor a significant amount of plaque and stray food residue. If you need help flossing around wires and other areas of braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you’ve had braces installed at Dr. Joseph Wilson’s Yuma, Arizona clinic and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call (928) 343-9559 to speak to a staff member at Yuma Orthodontics, Inc..