Maintaining a robust oral hygiene routine is always important for protecting our teeth, gums and overall health. But it becomes even more so for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist at Ortho Inc. wants to make sure our patients are doing their utmost to help us achieve a healthy, beautiful smile, and to keep the length of treatment as short as possible.
Braces — whether traditional metal, tooth-colored ceramic, or lingual — create more hiding places for food particles, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria and plaque. This makes flossing regularly and properly vitally important. Waxed dental floss, which glides easily between the teeth, is the most widely recommended variety. Some patients have found using a water flosser or a floss threader can successfully accomplish the same goals.
Here are a few basic tips for flossing during orthodontic treatment:
Tear off a length of floss measuring about 18 to 24 inches.
As with most routines, practice makes perfect! If you have questions about flossing or want information about the state-of-the-art options we have for delivering a beautiful smile at any age, please contact our orthodontist at Ortho Inc. today!