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Your braces are designed to realign and reorient your teeth to give you a healthier mouth and a perfect smile. Proper care and cleaning of your teeth and braces will keep the total duration that you need to wear them to the absolute bare minimum.

Dr. Steven Alexander understands that the wires, and other pieces of hardware on your braces, can sometimes create hard to clean areas in your mouth. To help address this he recommends some special oral hygiene tools, you might want to try.

A floss threader can be very helpful if you’re having problems flossing between teeth and around the gum line. This is a simple loop shaped tool that is loaded with floss. It can help work floss around and past wires and other hardware. Loading it will waxed dental floss also helps work the strand into tight spaces between teeth.

Interdental brushes have small angled brush heads can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from the contours where your teeth meet the gums. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out bands and spacers.

A dental water jet produces a small, concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just keep in mind that it can never be as effective as dental floss for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line.

If you have questions about tools and techniques that can help you effectively clean your teeth and braces, you can call Dr. Steven Alexander’s office in Queensbury, New York at 518-793-8511 for advice.