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Your braces help reposition your teeth for a more appealing smile and a better-functioning mouth. This is directly thanks to the progressive tension applied to your braces and teeth during your regular adjustments at Uinta Orthodontics.

Over the course of multiple adjustment sessions, the periodontal ligaments anchoring each tooth in its socket are stretched. This iterative tension will gradually move the teeth into their new positions. Should you develop one or more cavities on your teeth, it could affect this tension and increase the number of adjustments needed to attain your final alignment.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a sound preventative measure against tooth decay. An interdental brush can also be helpful if you’re struggling to clean away plaque and food particles from hard-to-clean places where braces hardware meets tooth enamel.

It’s also critical to floss each evening to clean between the teeth and along the gumline. Remember to clean behind each of your last molars as they can also harbor a significant amount of plaque and stray food residue. If you need to floss around wires and other pieces of orthodontic hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you are concerned about maintaining good oral health while you have braces in Evanston, Wyoming, you can always call (307) 789-8742 to set up a consultation with Dr. John R. Schouten.