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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Floss with Braces

Daily flossing is extremely important during the time that you wear braces. This is because you are more likely to have food trapped in your braces which can increase the risk of cavities. When plaque sits on your teeth for too long it begins to decalcify the tooth enamel which causes white spots or lines in your tooth and eventually can turn into a cavity.
During the time you have braces, expect to spend almost triple the time on your oral care. It is so worth the extra time! REMEMBER...the goal of having braces is to make your smile as beautiful and straight as it can be! We also want your teeth looking and feeling healthy when your braces are removed!
If you don't take the time to clean your teeth well, they could look like this instead.
Here's what you need to do to floss with braces:
Preferably waxed floss (unwaxed tends to shred on the brackets), a floss threader and an orthodontic toothbrush.

Step 1: Brush well.

Step 2: Cut yourself roughly 18" of floss and with a floss threader, carefully thread it under the main wire of the braces and guide the floss between the contours of your teeth and up under the gum line.

Step 3: Then remove the floss & re-thread it under the main wire to pass between the next pair of teeth. Continue until you have flossed each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

Keep the smile sparkling...Smiles are for a lifetime!