Receiving orthodontic treatment like dental braces is an incredible investment in one’s oral health and appearance. After treatment, many patients report that achieving a straight smile is life-changing. This is because having a straight smile definitely boosts confidence and self-esteem. When preparing to receive dental braces, many people have questions. For instance, some might wonder how oral hygiene is practiced, specifically flossing. While flossing is certainly a bit more time consuming with braces, it is possible and it is necessary.
Flossing your teeth is essential to keeping gums stimulated and the spaces between teeth as clean as possible. When flossing with dental braces, it is important that patients exercise great caution as threading floss roughly or abruptly can loosen wires and brackets. Floss should be threaded carefully behind wires and then slowly worked between teeth in back and forth motions. With time, flossing with dental braces will become easier. In some cases, our orthodontists may suggest using interdental cleaners such as soft picks or water irrigators to improve the effectiveness of oral hygiene.
Why is flossing so important?
Many people overlook the importance of flossing and instead, focus solely on brushing. While brushing is incredibly important to achieving a clean mouth, it is simply not enough. Flossing helps clean where a toothbrush can’t reach—especially deep between teeth. Moreover, flossing helps disrupt the colonies of bacteria in plaque that form along the gum line. When plaque is not removed with brushing and flossing, it will harden into tartar. Once plaque hardens, it can’t be removed with home care. Tartar is also a top contributor of periodontal (gum) disease—a condition that can affect patients of any age.
Will I still need dental cleanings during orthodontic treatment?
Yes, receiving regular cleanings is very important to keeping teeth and gums healthy. Cleanings are the only way to remove tartar deposits. During cleanings, our team will look for signs of potential problems such as gum disease, too.
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