Braces are an orthodontic staple for straightening teeth and fixing overbites or underbites for pre-teens, teens and adults. The thought of wearing braces evokes different reactions from different people – some fear the inevitable uncomfortable periods, some are excited to get braces to be like their friends, and others are hopeful that their smile will eventually look like an actor in a Hollywood film.
Regardless of your outlook on braces – fear or excitement – this orthodontic device comes with some strings attached. One concern by users, who are often middle-schoolers or teens, their parents, and dentists is how to keep teeth clean once the braces are firmly in place. Since investing in braces can run upwards of $7,000, everyone involved wants to ensure that the brackets and wires are effective and that the wearer achieves optimal oral hygiene during the years that the braces are working to do their job.