Good Oral Hygiene Habits Help Minimize the Duration of the Alignment Process

The braces installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla, represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth. This is done by applying progressive tension to the braces hardware to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth into their sockets. In time, your teeth will gradually alter their positions to achieve your ideal smile.

If any part of your braces hardware is loosened or damaged or if you develop cavities, the complications could significantly increase the duration of time needed to achieve your ideal smile.

Wires can sometimes make it challenging to floss between your teeth and along the gumline. A floss threader is a simple loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.

Interdental brushes have small-tapered heads that help clean food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and around spacers.

An oral irrigator creates a small 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 Middleburg Heights, Ohio, you can always call 440-243-9575 to speak with a staff member at the office of Shabbir Adenwalla, DMD, MS.

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