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Your braces are designed to realign your teeth through the course of regular adjustment sessions. If any part of your braces is damaged or if you develop cavities on multiple teeth, it will likely increase the amount of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile. With that in mind, there are a few different oral hygiene tools that can help you clean the hard-to-reach places around your braces.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads that can help you brush between wires and brackets and remove food particles from where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and spacers.

You might want to try using a floss threader if you’re having issues flossing between your teeth and around the gumline. This a simple loop-shaped tool that is loaded with waxed dental floss and can help you floss around the wires and other hardware.

Dental water jets come in a variety of brands with minute changes in design. They all generate a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

If you have a question about how to best clean and maintain your braces in Syracuse, Utah, you can always call VIP Smiles at 801-776-3000 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Shad Ingram.