The new set of braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Jeffrey Lowe’s orthodontic clinic has been designed to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth. This will require you to periodically return to see Dr. Jeffrey Lowe for routine braces adjustments.
Each one of these sessions will essentially tighten the braces components to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in place. Maintaining good oral health throughout the braces realignment process is very important.
If you develop cavities or gum disease problems the resulting complications and necessary treatments could extend the amount of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile. To help prevent these problems Dr. Jeffrey Lowe might suggest adding some simple specialized tools to your daily oral hygiene routine.
An interdental brush incorporates a miniature brush head with a mildly tapered edge. It can be very helpful for cleaning food material and plaque from hard to reach places around your braces hardware.
A simple floss threader might also be helpful if you’re struggling to insert a strand of dental floss around wires and other braces components. This can help you clean deep into the gumline to help prevent tartar formation and gum disease problems.
You might also appreciate an oral irrigator like Waterpik® to help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places. Just remember that it is not intended to fully substitute dental floss for physically cleaning between your teeth.
If you had braces installed at Dr. Jeffrey Lowe’s orthodontic clinic in Hays, Kansas, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, you can always call (785) 498-7130 to consult with the staff members at Lifetime Dental Care.