Not everyone is lucky enough to have their teeth come in straight. Sometimes we are in need of teeth aligners such as Invisalign or braces. While these items can get you closer to your perfect smile they do not come without their various issues.
Although Invisalign has become one of the leading ways to straighten your teeth without the use of standard braces there are still a lot of people who require or only have the option of wired braces. These types of braces can lead to difficulty doing a variety of things, but one thing people might not think about is how it can be more difficult to floss.
What will you need to floss when wearing braces?
A Floss Threader
These can be found at most stores and will help your floss slip in between your teeth without catching on the teeth.
Floss comes in a variety of styles, types and flavors. When purchasing your floss make sure that you purchase waxed floss so that it will be less likely to get caught on your braces.
Now onto how to actually use these items. First, understand that flossing with braces is going to take a bit longer than flossing without them so be patient, especially the first few times you do it.
You’re going to want to add the floss to the threader and use the stiff end to get the floss under the wire. Once you have the floss in place carefully and gently floss the sides of each tooth up into the gum line. Once done, remove the floss and repeat the process as needed for each set of teeth.
Remember That Flossing Is Important!
If you do not floss while wearing your braces food will be more likely to get stuck and cause plaque that can lead to tooth decay. People with braces are more likely to get cavities and gingivitis because food can get stuck easier.
You will want to make sure you are taking the time to floss daily to keep your risk of tooth decay and gum disease down. It will also help prevent bleeding and swollen gums.
Ultimately, that glorious day when your braces come off, you will want to make sure your newly straightened teeth are healthy and will not require additional dental work due to negligence. So make sure you take the time to floss regularly to ensure you stay on the path to a beautiful smile.
If you have questions about flossing while wearing braces be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist.
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