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The braces installed onto your teeth by your orthodontist, Dr. Ponce, gradually adjust the position and alignment of your teeth to give you a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile. This is done by gradually applying progressive tension to the braces hardware during your routine adjustment sessions. If you suffer complications from chronic tooth decay, it can increase the duration of time it takes to achieve your new smile.

This starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. You should then floss each evening after you are done eating. Be sure to floss between each of your teeth as well as along the gumline and behind each back molar.

The braces hardware can sometimes create a few hard-to-reach areas. If this is the case, you might want to try using small interdental brushes. If wires or other hardware are making it hard to floss down into the gumline, you could try using a special floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

You should try to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum. This can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or pull a spacer out. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by chewing hard and crunchy foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, like pencils and pens.

If you are having trouble cleaning in and around your braces in Tucson, Arizona, you can always call 520-326-1101 to talk to a member of our Friendly Smiles Orthodontics orthodontic staff.