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Each of your teeth is securely anchored in the dental socket by a series of very strong periodontal ligaments. Your routine adjustment appointments at Dr. Robert Montoya’s orthodontic clinic will gradually stretch these connective tissues to correct the alignment of your teeth.

You will need to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout the alignment process. If you suffer from periodontal disease, or cavities, the complications, and treatments might increase the total amount of time it takes to bring your teeth into their ideal alignment.  

Some people find it is difficult to clean around teeth and orthodontic hardware components with a standard toothbrush and dental floss. In a situation like this, you might want to add one or two special oral hygiene tools to your repertoire.

An interdental brush is essentially a small toothbrush with an angled brush head. It can be especially helpful for cleaning hard to reach places around braces components. It might also handy for removing small food particles from bands and spacers.

An American Dental Association approved water flosser like Waterpik® might also help to loosen and wash away food deposits. Just keep in mind that this is it is not meant to fully replace the ability of dental floss to clean between teeth and the gumline.

A floss threader can be very helpful if you’re having trouble working a strand of dental floss around wires or other pieces of braces hardware. When this simple tool is loaded with waxed dental floss it can help insert the strand of dental floss in place while reducing your chances of accidentally snapping it into your gums.   

If you are in the Keller, Texas, area and you are having trouble maintaining good oral hygiene with braces, you can call 817-427-2237 to speak to a staff member at Montoya Orthodontics.