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Our orthodontist will often recommend traditional braces to address malocclusion issues, overcrowding, and other dental alignment issues. Once the orthodontic components have been installed in your mouth you will need to attend regularly scheduled adjustment appointments.

During each of these sessions, our orthodontist will examine the components for signs of wear and tear before tensioning the traditional braces. The process will gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth.  

With consistency, these adjustments will gradually move your teeth into their ideal alignment to provide you with a more attractive smile as well as teeth at decreased risk of suffering from chips and denture fractures.

You also need to keep in mind that cavities and gum disease complications could alter the tension in your braces and periodontal ligaments. In time these oral health problems could potentially complicate the realignment process and increase the amount of time you need to have braces.   

An interdental brush is essentially a small toothbrush with a tapered head. It can help remove food material from some of the hard to reach areas around your braces hardware to help prevent cavities.

A floss threader can also be helpful for inserting the strand of floss under orthodontic wires which can help you clean away plaque and food particles from between teeth and the gumline.

If you had braces installed at Dr. Karson Kupiec’s orthodontic office in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 858-255-7800 to speak to a staff member at Kupiec Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry. We look forward to helping you and your family achieve the beautiful smiles you deserve!