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The braces installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, represents a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and an appealing smile. Cleaning and maintaining your teeth and braces will help prevent tooth decay and will help keep the treatment time to a minimum. With that in mind, Dr. Christopher Liang recommends some special oral hygiene tools to help clean hard-to-reach places in and around your braces.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads that can help brush between wires and brackets as well as remove food particles from the contours 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 teeth and around the gumline. This simple loop-shaped tool that is loaded with waxed dental floss can help you floss around wires and other hardware.

An oral irrigator or dental water jet like Waterpik® can help clean food debris from the gumline and other hard-to-reach places around the braces. Just keep in mind that it cannot fully replace flossing.

If you have concerns about how to clean in and around your new braces in Potomac, Maryland, you can always call Liang Orthodontics at 301-637-2189 to ask a question.