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Traditional braces represent a functional system that is capable of correcting the alignment of your teeth through the course of routine adjustments. They incorporate a series of metal brackets, wires, and other orthodontic hardware components that serve to gradually stretch the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth into your gums.

An active area of tooth decay that develops near an orthodontic hardware component can alter the tension on your teeth and complicate the realignment process. This could significantly increase the amount of time it takes to effectively correct the alignment of your teeth.

You can increase your chances of avoiding tooth decay around your braces by maintaining a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen that includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once each day. This can help remove bacterial deposits from your mouth before they can promote oral health problems.

If you are struggling to clean one or two areas of your mouth, you might want to try using a small interdental brush. These are often found in small packs in the oral care items aisle of most stores.

If you’re struggling to floss a certain area of your smile, you might want to try using a simple floss threader. When loaded with waxed dental floss, a floss threader can help insert the strand around the braces wires and other hardware components. This can help you remove plaque and residual food particles from between your teeth as well as your under the gumline.

If you had braces installed in your mouth at Bradshaw & Hathaway’s clinic in Johnson City, Tennessee, and if you have a problem with your braces, you can always call 423-929-1126 to speak to our orthodontists, Drs. Bradshaw and Hathaway.