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Your braces represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. Cleaning and maintaining your teeth and braces will help prevent tooth decay and will help keep the total duration of treatment time to a minimum. With that in mind, there are a few special tools that our dentist, Dr. John Ifantis, recommends using to help you clean around some of the hard-to-reach places in your mouth.

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 the wires and other hardware.

Dental water jets and oral irrigators create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

If you have a question about how to best clean in and around your new braces in Morton Grove, Illinois, you can always call Ifantis Dental Care at (847) 268.4998 and talk to a member of our team.