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The braces installed by our Derby Family Dentistry team represents a serious investment in realigning your teeth to give you the winning smile that will last for years to come. It’s very important that you clean and maintain your braces with a diligent daily oral hygiene routine. If you develop cavities on one or more teeth, it could increase the total amount of time you need to wear braces.

There might be some hard-to-reach places in and around the braces and teeth. Here at Derby Family Dentistry, we offer a few special tips that can help you.

A floss threader is a simple loop-shaped tool that is loaded with dental floss. It can work the floss around and past wires and brackets. Wax-coated floss also tends to slip easily into hard-to-reach places.

Interdental brushes have small-angled brush heads that can help clean between wires and brackets. They can also help remove food particles from the contours near the gumline. They are especially handy for getting small food particles out of bands and spacers.

Dental water jets produce a small, concentrated stream of water that can loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. Just keep in mind that they cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you have questions about how to effectively clean your teeth and braces in Derby, Kansas, you can call 316-788-4000 to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden.