Yes, you should floss. It’s an important part of taking care of your dental health.
Proper flossing helps to remove trapped food debris and promote overall dental health by fighting off gum disease and cleaning those hard to reach areas. Although many people detest flossing, it is necessary.
When plaque builds up in those hard to reach areas of your teeth, you can begin to develop cavities and even bad breath without flossing.
Actually, yes, you can, and you should. Whether you have braces or not flossing is essential, there are just a few unique ways you will need to adapt your flossing technique.
The whole purpose of flossing is to remove any hidden buildup you couldn’t get with your toothbrush. Of course, with braces, the buildup is much more likely to be an issue due to added hard to reach areas. After all, you now have to brush around brackets and wires that weren’t there before. Not only that, as your dental profile changes over the course of your straightening treatment, the areas where your teeth collect debris and plaque the most may change.
The traditional way of flossing has always been effective. However, it can be a bit tricky when braces are thrown into the mix. You now have a wire that gets in the way of proper cleaning techniques.
However, if you want to use the traditional flossing method with your braces, you’ll need to thread the floss through your wires so that the floss can get fully between your teeth because of the brackets you will need to do your flossing in sections around them.
The traditional method of flossing is still great with braces as long as you have the time and patience to do it correctly.
Traditional flossing giving you a hard time? Try a Waterpik!
A (Waterpik), also known as an oral irrigator, is a tool specially designed for at-home dental care. This tool makes a great addition to your flossing routine by offering a similar effect. With a combination of pressure and pulsation, these dental tools shoot a targeted stream of water in between your teeth.
This pulsating system has the ability to stimulate gum tissue, which increases blood flow. It also helps to dislodge trapped food and debris.
Although Waterpiks are a great addition to your hygiene routine, it is important to note that it may not remove all plaque, and you should continue to floss here and there in conjunction with your Waterpik for optimal results.
Flossing threaders are a great alternative to traditional flossing when you have braces.
Basically, a flossing threader is a very thin and flimsy plastic tool used to easily thread the floss between the wires and brackets of your braces so that you still get that clean floss effect with ease.
With Traditional flossing techniques, braces get in the way, and floss can be extremely difficult to efficiently thread between your teeth and straightening equipment. A floss threader can make this process much easier and ensure that you still get your proper cleanings.
However you choose to floss, the most important thing is that you do, properly and regularly. For more information on how to care for your teeth while in treatment, consult an experienced orthodontist!