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Your braces represent a serious investment in correcting the alignment of your teeth, and Dr. Joseph Basile will routinely adjust the tension on your braces. Over time this will gradually move your teeth into their ideal position.

If some part of your braces is damaged or you suffer from cavities on multiple teeth, the complications and treatment process could alter the tension being applied to your teeth. This can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

If brushing twice and flossing doesn’t prove effective at thoroughly cleaning your teeth and braces, there are a few special oral hygiene tools you might want to try.

The small, angled brush head of an interdental brush can help remove food material from some of the hard to reach areas around braces hardware. It can be especially helpful for freeing small food particles from bands and spacers.

A water flosser like Waterpik® creates a stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles and plaque. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

A floss threader with waxed dental floss can help you work the strand between teeth and around the gumline. This is especially helpful for flossing under braces wires.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Joseph Basile’s orthodontic clinic in Lakeville, Eagan, or Prior Lake, Minnesota, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, can call 952-469-6760 to speak to a staff member at Orthodontic Specialists, P.A..