Dental Caries Can Interrupt the Process of Realigning Your Teeth with Braces

The orthodontic components of your braces installed in your mouth by Dr. Claudia Torok and his associates are designed to gradually correct the alignment of your teeth. This is done through the course of routine adjustment sessions performed every four to six weeks.

Each of these important appointments will gradually apply tension to your periodontal ligaments to bring each tooth closer to its ideal alignment.  

Dental caries and tooth decay complications can sometimes alter the tension of your braces. This can significantly increase the amount of time it takes to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

Brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once is very important for removing plaque and bacterial deposits from your mouth. If you find that a certain area is hard to clean, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.  

The small angled brush head of an interdental brush can help remove food material from some of the hard to reach areas around braces hardware. They might also find it especially helpful for removing food particles from spaces and the contours of bands.

A dental water flosser device is designed to create a focused stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles and plaque.

A floss threader with waxed dental floss can help them work the strand between teeth and around wires to effectively clean the gumline.

If you had braces installed in your mouth at Dr. Claudia Torok’s Los Angeles, California, orthodontic clinic and you have an oral hygiene concern, you can always call 310-670-5686 to consult with a staff member at Dr. Claudia Torok DDS MS.

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