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The braces installed in your mouth by Dr. Steven Jung at his orthodontic clinic in Tracy, California, have been designed to gradually realign your teeth. Without the tension applied by your routine adjustments, uncorrected alignment issues could leave you with an unappealing smile and damaged tooth enamel.

While you have braces in your mouth, you will need to practice very good oral hygiene. Complications and treatment from tooth decay could potentially increase the duration of the realignment process. If you’re having issues cleaning around some of the braces hardware, you might want to try using special oral hygiene tools.

You might find it easier to remove plaque and food particles from around wires and brackets with an interdental brush. Most designs have small, angled brush heads that can work into tight places your regular toothbrush cannot reach. These are especially handy for getting small food matter out of bands and spacers.

Some people with braces might complain about it being hard to floss into the gum line around wires. In a situation like this, a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help you easily insert the strand between teeth as well as around any wire obstructions.

A dental water flosser generates a focused stream of water can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. It’s important to remember that it’s not a viable alternative to flossing when it comes to thoroughly cleaning between the teeth and along the gumline.

Get your braces installed here at Steven Jung, DMD, MS and our dental professionals will assist you with any oral hygiene concerns. You can always call 209-835-0977 for further advice. Our office here in Tracy, California will be happy to assist you to give you your best smile!