Healthy Gums Are Important for Realigning Teeth with Braces

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The new orthodontic braces installed in your mouth at Shenandoah Valley Orthodontics represents a functional system capable of correcting your misaligned teeth. This is done through a series of regularly scheduled adjustment appointments. These sessions will tighten the orthodontic components to stretch the periodontal ligaments that bind your teeth to your gums.

It’s important to maintain good oral health throughout the realignment process. If you suffer from gum disease or tooth decay, it could complicate the process which might increase the total amount of time it takes to properly correct the alignment your teeth. It’s also worth noting that healthy gums are also less likely to experience discomfort after an adjustment.

If you are struggling to clean your teeth and braces components with a standard toothbrush and dental floss you might want to try using an interdental brush, dental water flosser or a floss threader. These special oral hygiene tools can help you to effectively remove bacterial deposits efficiently.

Rinsing your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance can help release loosened food particles while also killing additional oral bacteria.

If you are in the Winchester, Virginia, area and you are having trouble maintaining good oral hygiene you’re your new braces, you can call 540-667-9662 to consult with a orthodontists like Drs. Damon DeArment, Daniel Lill, and Ashley Larson.