Tooth Decay Complications and Treatment Can Extend the Braces Realignment Process

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Your new set of braces installed at Ifantis Dental Care have been designed to functionally realign your teeth through the course of routine adjustments. Each one of these sessions will tighten your braces and apply pressure to the periodontal ligaments that hold each tooth in its socket.

If you develop tooth decay problems on one or more teeth, the compromised tooth enamel or the necessary treatment might alter this tension. This could have the net effect of increasing the length of the realignment process. To prevent this from happening, you’ll need to provide your teeth and braces hardware with a little extra focus in your oral hygiene routine.

Flossing around wires and other braces elements can sometimes prove to be challenging. To address this issue, you might want to try using a floss threader. This is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.

An interdental brush with its small-tapered brush head can often reach places your regular toothbrush can’t. This can be very beneficial for removing stray food material and residual plaque from hard-to-reach places. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out from bands and around spacers.

Dental water flossers like Waterpik® generate a small yet focused stream of water. When directed at the right angle, it might be able to loosen and wash away stuck food matter. While this can help clean the gum line a little bit, this stream of water cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you had braces installed in your mouth at Ifantis Dental Care and you have any oral hygiene questions, you can always call 847-268-4998 to seek further advice from Dr. John Ifantis or a member of our staff. Our clinic here in Morton Grove, Illinois, will be happy to assist you with your oral care needs and smile!