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Your new set of braces installed at Dr. Blaine Cusack’s orthodontic clinic, represent a serious investment in correcting the alignment of your teeth. This is done by applying tension to your braces and teeth through the course of multiple adjustment sessions.

Maintaining your braces and good oral hygiene is important to the realignment process. If your braces are damaged or you suffer from cavities it could increase the amount of time it takes to properly correct the alignment of your teeth.

It’s best to avoid chewing gum or eating sticky foods. This could potentially bend wires, loosen a bracket, or pull a spacer out of place. Hard and crunchy foods are also good to avoid as they could cause similar damage.

If you’re having trouble cleaning around your braces hardware you might want to consider using a special oral hygiene tool.

Interdental bushes are essentially miniature toothbrushes that have small tapered heads. They can help brush between wires and brackets as well as removing food particles from hard to reach contours.

Dental water jets like Waterpik® are designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles from hard to reach places.

If you’re having trouble flossing the gumline around wires of other pieces of orthodontic hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader. This simple loop shaped tool. When loaded with waxed dental floss can help work the strand around braces hardware.

If you are in the Countryside, Illinois, area and you have a question about how to clean and maintain your braces, you should call 708-482-0300 to set up a consultation time at Jaw Pain Rehabilitation Inc..