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The orthodontic hardware of your braces plays an important role in correcting the alignment of your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene and taking measures to prevent damage to your braces can help minimize the duration of the process.

To aid in this effort, Dr. Richard Barnett and the orthodontic specialists at his Richfield, Utah, clinic might suggest using specialized tools in your daily oral hygiene regimen.

An interdental brush is a miniature toothbrush with a slightly tapered head. It can be very helpful for cleaning food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places around your braces hardware.

A floss threader might also be helpful if you’re struggling to work dental floss around braces hardware. This is very effective for flossing around wires and reducing your chances of accidentally snapping the floss into your gums. Loading it with waxed dental floss can also make flossing easier.

You might want to try using an oral irrigator like Waterpik® to help loosen and wash away food particles from hard-to-reach places. While this can help clean the gumline, it cannot replace the effectiveness of flossing.

If you had braces installed in Richfield, Utah, and you have concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene, you can always call 435-896-4930 to speak to someone at Barnett Orthodontics.