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Having your braces adjusted every four to six weeks is a critical part of realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. Without quality care and cleaning each day, the chances of your braces being damaged or cavities forming on your teeth, greatly increases. If complications do arise, it will likely increase the number of adjustment sessions needed to achieve your ideal smile.

You will need to clean in and around your braces and between your teeth as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. This starts by brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. This should immediately be followed by flossing between your teeth and around the gum line.

If you’re having trouble cleaning hard-to-reach areas, you might want to try using small interdental brushes. If wires or other hardware are making it hard to floss down into the gum line, you might want to try using a special floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

It’s best to avoid eating sticky foods and chewing gum as this can easily bend wires, loosen brackets or remove spacers. Your braces can also be damaged and bent by crunching hard and crunchy foods. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, pencils, pens.

When Dr. Frank Celenza initially installed your braces, he gave you a piece of special orthodontic wax. If some piece of hardware breaks loose and a sharp point is threatening to injure your mouth, you can secure it inside the wax. If you don’t have the wax handy, you can make due with a pencil eraser. This should protect your mouth from harm, while you setup your repair appointment with Dr. Frank Celenza.

If you have questions or concerns about how to best clean and maintain your braces each day, you can always call Dr. Frank Celenza’s New York, New York office at 212-327-2623 for advice.