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Correcting a significant deviation in the alignment of your teeth often requires the installation and adjustment of orthodontic braces by Dr. Mark Rowe and his staff specialists. Applying progressive tension to the braces will gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth to your gums.

If you develop cavities or other dental health complications it could alter the tension being applied to your teeth. This could potentially increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

If you don’t thoroughly clean your teeth by brushing each morning and night, and thoroughly flossing at least once each day, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

Interdental brushes are often sold in small packs. Their small brush heads can help remove food material from some of the hard to reach areas around braces hardware. They can be especially helpful for releasing small food particles from bands and spacers.

A Waterpik® or other brand of dental water flosser creates a stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles and plaque. Just keep in mind that this is not a viable alternative to flossing.

Using waxed dental floss in a floss threader might also be helpful for working the strand between teeth and around the gumline. This is especially helpful for flossing under braces wires.

If you had braces installed in Duluth, Georgia, and you have oral hygiene concerns, you can always call 770-622-5909 to speak to one of our specialists at Meadowbrook Family Dentistry.