Water Flossing An easy and effective way to clean and floss braces and improve gum health is to use a Waterpik® Water Flosser with the Orthodontic Tip. It is clinically proven more effective than dental floss for people with braces .
Although flossing with braces is tricky, you can get the hang of it with practice if you follow these steps: Floss once a day: Use waxed floss (unwaxed floss is more likely to get caught and shred in your braces ), dental tape or a product specifically designed to clean around your braces .
Flossing with braces can be tedious, but you won’t regret it. First of all, if you don’t floss you will develop the gum disease gingivitis, which makes your gums sensitive, red and swollen, resulting in a “gummy” smile. Plus, your teeth will move a lot faster with healthy gums.
The reason flossing with braces is so difficult is due to the wire running through each brace, connecting them, known as the archwire. This wire prevents you from flossing your teeth the traditional way as it does not all the floss to come all the way up between your teeth.
The reason bad breath is more common with braces is that the hardware of braces makes it easier for tiny particles of food to get trapped underneath the brackets and wires. These foods are broken down by bacteria, and a by-product of that process is an unpleasant smell : halitosis, or bad breath .
Even if you’ve gone your whole life without flossing , it’s never too late to start and give your teeth the thorough clean they deserve. Many people don’t begin flossing until their dentist recommends it to help manage an oral health problem. Once they’re used to it, it can become part of their normal routine.
Especially when you first get your braces , it is important to use mouthwash . Your mouth will not be used to the metal brackets and wires and these areas are more likely to collect food particles and plaque than other areas of your mouth, which could affect your breath and your overall oral health.
You will usually have the most soreness on the second or third day after you get the braces on. On the fourth day, you will still have soreness , but you will feel like you have “turned the corner.” The soreness will decrease on each successive day until you feel back to normal after about one or two weeks.
When flossing with braces , it is best to use waxed floss with a floss threader, which will slip between each tooth without catching more easily.
Most visible of these are white stains , a common side-effect of braces that is often only discovered after their removal. These stains can be permanent if untreated, but there are ways to minimize the damage to your smile.
Your teeth need to be adequately cleaned before you get braces so that they properly attach to your teeth . And of course, don’t forget to floss and brush before your appointment. If they aren’t clean enough, your orthodontist will have to clean your teeth with a polishing paste before affixing the braces .
Brushing teeth with braces isn’t too different than brushing without braces . It’s still important to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, and if possible brush after every meal to remove loose food from under brackets and wires.
You can also use a floss threader, which will get the floss underneath the wire of your braces . Flossing will help keep plaque at bay and you should be doing it every day – after brushing, especially. Always rinse with water after flossing. Using an antibacterial mouthwash is also helpful.
A water pick can help remove food particles from your teeth and might help reduce bleeding and gum disease — but it isn’t generally considered a substitute for brushing and flossing . It doesn’t generally remove visible film and plaque on your teeth, but can aid in reduction of bacteria even below the gumline.
Here’s a big one: when researchers compared water flossing to string flossing , they found that water flossing was more effective at reducing plaque. Experts also determined that water flossing could be more effective at reducing gum bleeding and gingivitis.