The metal brackets, wires and other hardware components of your new braces represent a functional system capable of correcting the alignment of your teeth. This involves regularly scheduled adjustments with either Dr. Chris Trockel or Dr. Martin Trockel to tighten the braces components and alter the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth in place.
Consistent oral hygiene habits are essential for maintaining your braces as well as healthy teeth. Cavities and gum disease problems can cause discomfort, and could potentially increase the amount of time needed to correct the alignment of your teeth.
If you are having a hard time brushing or flossing around braces hardware you might want to try using an interdental brush or a water flosser device. This can help remove the bulk of unwanted material from the faces and contours of your teeth.
Waxed dental floss loaded into a special floss threader can also be helpful for inserting the strand of dental floss around orthodontic wires and other components. This can allow you to effectively clean the gumline.
If one of your braces components is bent or damaged between your adjustment appointments, you should have it examined and repaired as soon as possible. Even if it doesn’t cause you any immediate distress the compromised component could complicate the realignment process.
If you are in the Tulsa or Bixby, Oklahoma, area and you have a question about how to maintain a healthy mouth with braces, you can always call 918-364-2222 to schedule an appointment at True Smile Orthodontics.