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The orthodontic components used with traditional braces provide a system capable of gradually altering the alignment of your teeth. The process relies on consistently timed adjustments which tension the brackets, wire and other elements to affect the periodontal connective tissues the bond your teeth in your mouth.

If something happens to alter this tension, it could complicate the process and increase the amount of time it takes our orthodontist to correct your misaligned teeth. While oral trauma is certainly a concern, poor oral hygiene and tooth decay can also impede the realignment process.

It’s important to remember to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Flossing between each of your teeth and along the gumline is also important for removing bacterial deposits from your mouth.

If you find that you are struggling to brush and floss around braces components, you might want to try using an interdental brush or a dental water flosser device. These simple tools can often help remove hard to reach bacterial deposits from the surfaces of your teeth.

If you are having a hard time flossing around and under braces components a floss threader with waxed dental floss might be helpful. It can allow you to safely insert the strand to clean your gumline.

If you are in the Yuma, Arizona, area and you have a question about how to maintain good oral health with braces, you can always call (928) 343-9559 to schedule an appointment at Yuma Orthodontics, Inc..