June 24th, 2018
Flossing With Braces
While braces are your ticket to a perfect, radiant smile, the brackets and wires have the tendency to trap food particles more easily, making oral hygiene more challenging and more important than ever. Flossing remains as one of the crucial components of any good oral hygiene, is one of your best weapons at fending off tooth decay when you’re wearing braces, so you can enjoy a new smile that’s free of painful and annoying cavities. However, the moment that you try to floss with your braces the first time, you’ll notice that it can be a bit tricky, which is why Corbridge Orthodontics is here with this guide that will make flossing with your braces a breeze. Check out the helpful flossing tips and techniques below that will keep your braces and teeth pristine!
Get The Right Floss For The Job
There are many types of floss out there, but we highly recommend that you get your hands on some waxed floss. Unwaxed floss is more likely to tear if it gets caught on your brackets, but waxed floss can slip in and out of the tight spaces between your teeth and around your braces with ease. For an even easier time flossing, you can even try dental tape, which is a special type of waxed floss that has a flat design, which makes it even easier to get the floss in those hard to reach places. If you have trouble finding the right floss, don’t hesitate to ask your orthodontist!
Easy Flossing With A Floss-Threader
If you’re having trouble threading the floss underneath your archwire to get at the space between your teeth, there’s a special tool made specifically made for threading floss, and what other name would be better for it than “floss threader”! Floss threaders consist of a single loop that you can feed the floss through, then push the floss threader underneath your archwire and you’ll have your floss in the exact place that you need it to clean your teeth, with no hassle at all. If you have any issues using the floss threader, you can always ask your orthodontist or a member of our staff to demonstrate for you.
Blasting Away Bacteria With A Water Flosser
Water flossers, or waterpiks, are a fantastic new piece of technology when it comes to oral care, utilizing a small beam of water that is gentle enough on your teeth and gums, but powerful enough to clear away food particles and bacteria buildup on your smile. What’s special about a water flosser when it comes to oral hygiene with braces is that most devices come with a flosser tip that is specifically designed for use with orthodontic appliances. The tip has soft, micro-bristles that you can glide over your braces that will brush away bacteria that’s blasted loose with the beam of water. However, water flossing should not replace your normal flossing routine, but it is still a great way to make sure that your smile is perfectly clean.
Need More Help With Flossing? Contact Us Today!
Whether you have any questions about how to floss with your braces, or you need to schedule a visit to our Frisco, TX office so our team can demonstrate proper flossing technique for you, just contact us and we’ll set you up with the soonest available appointment. Corbridge Orthodontics has been providing superior orthodontic care to patients of all ages in the Frisco, TX community for years, so if you’re looking for a place that can provide you with the quality treatment you deserve and the perfect smile that you want, choose us! We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!