The new orthodontic braces installed in your mouth by Dr. Ben Frandsen and his team of orthodontic specialists represents a functional system capable of correcting the alignment of your teeth. This is accomplished through a gradual process of adjustments, where the orthodontic components are tightened.
Each of these appointments will progressively stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth into your gums. This can sometimes cause mild discomfort for the first few days after a regularly scheduled adjustment.
You will need to maintain good oral health during the process of correcting your teeth with braces. Should you suffer from gum disease, or cavities, the complications and treatments might increase the total amount of time it takes to fully correct your teeth. At the same time, healthy gums are also less likely to experience discomfort after an adjustment.
If you find it difficult to clean around teeth and orthodontic hardware 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 simple tools can help you to effectively remove bacterial deposits from your mouth before they can contribute to cavities or gum disease complications.
If you are in the Orem, Utah, area and you are having trouble maintaining good oral hygiene with braces, you can call 801-375-3355 to speak to a staff member at Frandsen Orthodontics.