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Your braces are designed to realign your teeth through the course of routine adjustment sessions at Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC. Maintaining good oral hygiene throughout the realignment process is absolutely critical. Should you develop complications from tooth decay on one or more teeth, it could potentially increase the total amount of time it takes to achieve your new smile.

Here at Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC, we understand that the wires, brackets and other hardware of your braces can sometimes create a few hard-to-clean areas in your mouth. To aid in your oral hygiene endeavors, we suggest that you might want to try some of the following special tools.

Interdental brushes with their small, narrow heads can help you remove plaque and residual food particles from hard-to-reach places. Then a floss threader that has been loaded with waxed dental floss can help position the strand beneath the fixed retainer to help you floss between those teeth and clean around the gumline.

You could also try using an oral irrigator or dental water jet to clear away stuck food particles in the contours of teeth. Just keep in mind that these devices cannot match the effectiveness of flossing for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline.

If you have any questions about how to maintain the health of your teeth and gums while wearing braces, you can always call Zicherman, Lago, and Associates, PC at 978.535.2500 to ask your dentist, Dr. Federico Lago, a question. We wish you a healthy Thanksgiving holiday!