Poor Oral Hygiene Can Cause Problems with Braces

Your new orthodontic braces have been designed to gradually realign your teeth for a more appealing smile and a healthier mouth. This is done through routine adjustment sessions which will tighten the orthodontic components to affect the connective tissues that anchor your teeth into your periodontal tissues.

Over time the progressive tension from your adjustments will gradually correct the alignment of your teeth. These appointments are also a prime opportunity to repair or replace any orthodontic hardware components that have been bent, loosened, or otherwise compromised before they can affect the tension on your braces.

It’s also important to be mindful of practicing a consistent daily oral hygiene routine of thoroughly brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. Cavities and periodontal health problems caused by poor oral hygiene could complicate the realignment process.

If you’re struggling to clean a specific area in your mouth some simple oral hygiene tools like interdental brushes, a floss threader, or an American Dental Association approved water flosser like Waterpik® can help you clean hard to reach places in your mouth.

If you have any specific oral hygiene concerns, you should always feel free to ask Dr. Claudia Torok or his staff during your routine adjustment appointment.

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

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