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Dr. James B. Macomson installed your braces at his Gastonia, North Carolina clinic to gradually realign your teeth. This can only be accomplished by a series of routine adjustments set to specific intervals of time. If you are inconsistent with your daily oral hygiene practices, it could result in tooth decay and gum health issues. The treatment and potential complications from these problems, could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to properly correct your alignment issues.

The orthodontic wires connected to the brackets cemented onto your teeth can sometimes make it hard to effectively floss between teeth and along the gum line. A floss threader is a simple, loop shaped tool that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss into these places.

Interdental brushes are a type of miniature tooth brush. They have small tapered heads to help remove stray food material and residual plaque from hard to reach areas and pieces of braces hardware.

A Waterpik® or other brand of water flosser creates a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. While this can help clean many area, it cannot replace the effectiveness of dental floss for cleaning between teeth and the gum line.

If you have questions or concerns about how to best maintain good oral hygiene habits with braces, you can always call 704-215-4430 to speak with a staff member at Dr. James B. Macomson’s Gastonia, North Carolina clinic.