Braces can help create a confident smile, they can also reduce your chance of experiencing oral health problems in the future. Taking care of your teeth while you have braces is vital for many reasons. Brushing and flossing help remove food and bacteria that can lead to staining and cavities. They can also prevent gingivitis and other oral health problems that can be problematic later in life. Taking care of your teeth while you have braces may be time-consuming, but you’ll be thankful for the effort when the braces come off and your smile is beautiful and healthy.
Flossing Takes Time
Floss between each tooth once a day, and use a small interproximal brush to clean around the brackets and under the wires.
Don’t feel discouraged when you begin flossing your teeth for the first time with braces. Expect the process to take longer than the time it took you to floss your teeth previously. Even though flossing may take more time with braces, understand that flossing is essential when you are wearing orthodontic appliances to avoid tooth decay and problems that could delay your orthodontic treatment progress. Bleeding when you floss is NOT unusual after you have braces applied to your teeth. Teeth will experience some inflammation after your braces are placed.
Tips to Make Flossing with Braces Easier
•Swish with water before brushing.
•Rinsing with water after eating helps to loosen and dislodge food that may be caught in the braces.
•Brush your teeth before flossing to help remove particles of food more easily from your braces and loosen the stuck particles.
•Use waxed floss, so it doesn’t catch on braces and leave behind shreds of floss.
•Floss at least once a day. Flossing helps loosen food debris and plaque at and under the gum line that would otherwise harden into tartar. It can also help reach the nooks and crannies in the teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
•Schedule a dental cleaning every six months (or as recommended by your dentist). We will be sure to include your dentist in your orthodontic treatment process to ensure your teeth are staying strong and protected during your orthodontic treatment.
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Life with braces brings exciting changes, and sometimes some challenging adjustments too, but the end result is a healthier you! If you have questions regarding flossing with braces, please reach out, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have!
Call 760 434-2288 today to learn more about braces or to schedule an appointment. Dr Hassey is committed to your care and will help you reach your smile goals as quickly and efficiently as possible!
We look forward to helping you obtain a healthy, functional, attractive smile!