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How to Floss with Braces | Family Orthodontics | Frisco, TX Braces

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!

Take Care of Your Braces Over Break

June 23rd, 2016

Remembering Orthodontic Treatment During the Summer

Corbridge Orthodontics is committed to being your choice when you’re looking for orthodontics in and around the Frisco and Prosper, TX areas. We’re dedicated to providing all our patients, whether they’re kids or adults, with the orthodontic treatment needed to guarantee them a straight and healthy smile for the rest of their life. We understand that maintaining care of your braces and other orthodontic devices can be a lot of work. Now that summer vacation is rapidly approaching, this seems like the perfect time to relax, slack off, and get some time away from school or work. However, orthodontics isn’t something you can take a break from as well. Here are a few orthodontic tips for you to keep in mind, even as the sun, swimming, and other outdoor activities may have you more interested.

Remember to Brush Twice a Day

Even with all the fun things that you may have planned during your summer vacation, you still need to remember to brush your teeth twice a day – once in the morning and once before you go to bed. If it’s possible for you though, brushing after every meal is the optimal choice. If you’re going to be away from your house for a period of time that may distract you from your brushing habits, make sure to take a dental kit (a small bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss) with you.

Don’t Forget to Floss

Flossing may be more difficult for you when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, but it’s a process that becomes even more important when you’re wearing braces. Food can get trapped in your teeth easily, especially when you have braces. Braces allow more places in a person’s mouth for plaque, bacteria, and food particles to get stuck in. These can cause tooth decay and other related problems so you need to make sure to floss on a routine basis.

Stay Away from Hard and Sticky Foods

Hard foods can break wires and brackets in your braces and sticky foods can get stuck in your braces and even pull brackets apart. You might feel like this may severely restrict what you can eat, but this still leaves you many different foods to enjoy. You can still eat fun and delicious foods that are perfect for the summertime, like lemonade and ice cream. Just make sure to consume them in moderation!

Schedule an Appointment with Your Frisco and Prosper Orthodontist!

If any of your wires or brackets in your braces become loose or even break, it’s very important for you to get in touch with our office as soon as you can. You can schedule an appointment with us by filling out our appointment request form or giving us a call. Our phone number is (214) 705-6188. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We hope to see

April is National Facial Protection Month

March 22nd, 2016

The Perfect Time to Check Your Sports Safety Gear

April is National Facial Protection Month, and the orthodontic professionals at Corbridge Orthodontics encourage high schoolers who play sports in Frisco, Little Elm, Prosper, and surrounding areas to wear quality mouth guards. While it is important for all kids and teens who are actively engaged in sports activities to protect their mouths, it is doubly important for those who wear braces.

Are Mouthguards Really That Important?

When talking about proper sports safety gear, many people focus on things like knee pads, helmets, shin guards, and other visibly obvious pieces of protection. However, keeping your teeth and mouth protected is just as important – especially if you are wearing orthodontic appliances. As an experienced provider of Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper orthodontics, Corbridge Orthodontics understands that the potential for oral lacerations and other serious injuries is greater when engaging in sports while wearing braces. Teenagers who participate in the following high-contact sports need to be especially vigilant and ensure that they are always wearing mouthguards:

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Wrestling

In addition to these high-contact sports, those who participate in vigorous non-contact sports such as rollerblading, mountain biking, gymnastics, and other similar activities should also wear mouthguards for their own protection.

How Can a Mouthguard Help?

Wearing braces does not restrict you from playing any of your favorite sports – it just puts you at greater risk of oral injury and orthodontic emergencies if you leave your mouth unprotected. A mouthguard absorbs shock and helps cushion your teeth from any strong blow to your face. When a mouthguard is not worn, it increases your chances of accidentally biting your cheeks, tongue, or lips. Those who do not wear mouthguards are also more likely to suffer from tooth damage, including tooth loss.

Wearing a mouthguard is a fairly simple task, but it can help prevent harm to your mouth while also protecting your orthodontic investment. If your athletic teen does not already own a mouthguard, there is no better time to purchase one than during National Face Protection Month in April.

Braces Emergency Kits In Schools

September 17th, 2015

Protecting Adolescents From Braces During School

This school year, Dr. Corbridge is providing mini orthodontic emergency kits to the local high schools in Frisco, Prosper, & Little Elm Texas. Students at schools like Prosper High, Little Elm High, and Frisco High School would all benefit from orthodontic kits like these in the event there is an orthodontic incident that could use a simple fix.

For those of you who went through orthodontic treatment and played sports as a teen, there’s a chance you might remember a horror story or two about lips getting cut by braces or archwires popping out and poking the patient with a pronounced prickly pain. What’s worse was that unless you came extremely prepared to school, you would have to live with this nuisance until you got home or could make an emergency appointment with your orthodontist.

Dr. Corbridge wanted to prevent situations like these from happening, so he decided to do something about it. We donated mini orthodontic emergency kits filled with wax and other helpful tools to prevent the poking and prodding of these orthodontic appliances. While instances happen to students all the time, we’ve found these kits to be especially useful for those students who participate in sports. After all, you never know when a ball is going to come flying at you from an unknown direction and hit you square in the mouth.

Ideally, these students undergoing orthodontic care would be wearing protective equipment like mouthgaurds, but sometimes there are instances when people forget, and accidents happen. The wax and kits are designed for those exact situations; so that we expect the unexpected, and are prepared for the minute orthodontic emergencies that come our way.

Contact Us After An Orthodontic Emergency

Keep in mind that these kits are merely patch measures to keep your teen from feeling pain. These are NOT permanent solutions. In the event a wire does pop loose, or if a bracket is injuring the teen, please contact us at our Frisco, TX office as soon as possible. We will fix the braces good as new to ensure your teen’s oral safety, as well as keep their orthodontic treatment progressing smoothly. Thanks for reading!

Halloween – The Scariest Holiday For Your Teeth

October 14th, 2014

Frightful Fallout For Braces in Frisco

Between the costume contests, carnivals, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s easy to get swept away by the allure of All Hallows Eve. Every year more than 158 million Americans participate in Halloween purchasing a frightful $2.1 billion of candy alone! While all these sweets are regarded as a treat, there is one victim who gets tricked year after year – your teeth.

Astonishingly, the average trick-or-treater can devour about three cups of sugar during Halloween. To help assist with the never-ending battle dentists and orthodontists encounter around Halloween, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has declared October the National Orthodontic Health Month. During this month, the AAO supports research and education leading to quality patient care and also increases public awareness regarding the importance of orthodontic treatments.

Rethink Your Treats

While sugar can wreak havoc on any set of chompers, individuals wearing braces are especially susceptible. To diminish the damage that candy can do to braces, the AAO has declared the following food items taBOO!

  • Caramel
  • Nuts
  • Licorice
  • Jelly beans
  • Hard pretzels
  • Bubble gum
  • Candy corn
  • Lollipops
  • Potato Chips
  • Ice

Alternative Treats

If you’re looking for braces-friendly alternatives to the list above, try replacing them with the following sweets:

  • Soft chocolate
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider

If you do happen to damage your braces during this time, please contact our office at (214) 705-6188 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Happy Halloween!

The Importance of Keeping Up With Your Orthodontic Treatments

August 20th, 2014

Why You Need to Stay On Top of Your Orthodontic Care

Orthodontic treatment are no different than other medical treatments, in that it is important to follow through on scheduled appointments in order to keep up with your personal treatment’s timetable. Luckily, the staff at Corbridge Orthodontics has procedures in place to ensure that all of our patients come into our office as scheduled and complete their treatment on time.

When leaving an appointment, patients schedule their next appointment at the front desk and will often set a calendar reminder in their smartphone to remind them of their future appointment’s date and time. We also give our patients the option to sign up for text or email reminders, which will automatically notify patients that their appointment is coming up. This is a great way to make sure that you have us in mind when organizing your schedule and your week’s events. It is because of these reminder options that Corbridge Orthodontics’ patients rarely miss or cancel an appointment.

Braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic treatments require scheduled appointments in order to ensure effective treatment and reduce treatment time for the patient. The office procedures that we help our patients will come into our office on schedule and meet their treatment’s goals. It’s just one more way of Corbridge Orthodontics showing that we value our patients’ time and we want them to show off their healthy smile as soon as possible!

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