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The orthodontic hardware of your braces creates a sophisticated system capable of applying progressive tension to your teeth. Each braces tightening performed at Dr. Dawn A. Wu’s Richardson, Texas clinic is designed to gradually move your teeth one small step closer to their ideal alignment. This will serve to correct unappealing elements of your smile while reducing your chances of suffering dental attrition from poorly relating teeth.

Dr. Dawn A. Wu understands that sometimes a piece of braces hardware might trap stray food matter or bacterial plague, promoting tooth decay and gum disease problems. At the same time, wires and other elements can make it hard to effectively floss between teeth and into the gumline.

Brushing your teeth twice each day is an important first step. An interdental brush, with its small tapered head, can help remove food material and plaque from hard to reach places. It is especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and around spacers.

Braces’ wires and hardware can sometimes make it challenging flossing 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. This also reduces your chances of injuring your gums by forcing the floss in place.

An oral irrigator or water flosser generates a narrow, concentrated stream of water. This can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean some food debris from hard to reach places and along the gum line, it cannot replace the effectiveness of dental floss for cleaning away plaque and residual food material.

If you’ve had braces installed at Dr. Dawn A. Wu’s Richardson, Texas clinic and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call (972) 231-9591 to ask a question.